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Valerie Smith & Becky Buller

Here's a Little Song – 2008 (Bell Buckle)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Two of the freshest voices in bluegrass today are Valerie Smith and Becky Buller. Each has a number of recorded projects to their name and, more recently, they have toured and recorded as part of Smith's band, Liberty Pike. Both are exceptional vocalists. Buller is a well-known songwriter ("Rest My Weary Feet for IIIrd Tyme Out, Fishers Of Men for Rhonda Vincent) and accomplished musician on a number of instruments.

The new album is a wonderful collection of songs done duet style. The womens' voices mesh together so well, as heard in The River. Other top songs here include Holly Tashian's Cottonmill, done a cappella, Fred Rose's Tennessee Courtin' Time and Buller's own Hand of Help. You can't help but smile when you hear Two Wet Pigs & The Ham Chorus."

The songs are not well known, but that adds to the charm of the record. Buller and Smith have an infectious enthusiasm that comes through in their music. Though both have been on the national scene for a number of years, they are still a little under the radar compared to other female bluegrassers like Vincent, Lynn Morris and Laurie Lewis. They are every bit as good.