Bluegrass music artist Becky Buller announced her decision to branch out on her own after a ten-year partnership with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. Buller says, "The decision to leave Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike after ten years was a difficult one and I'm so grateful to Val for being supportive of my need to branch out. She and I will still do some projects together and will always remain friends."
Buller is still teaching, songwriting and performing sessions and active in bluegrass music as a co-host of "The Bluegrass Crossroads Show" on WMSR in Manchester, Tennessee. Her teaching will take her to the United Kingdom in April to teach her instrument, the fiddle, during Sore Fingers Week 2012.
According to the announcement on the Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike new page, "Becky Buller, makes a career change for next season. She seeks more opportunities to write, studio record and play other music. I have for the past 2 years been training an artist and only pray that you will help her grow by reaching out to her. I love Becky and I wish her the best. I'll have more information to come for the 2012 season! Thank you! Valerie Smith"
Multi-instrumentalist Becky Buller is a recipient of the 2006 IBMA "Recorded Event of the Year" award for her work with the Daughters of Bluegrass and took home first place honors from the 2001 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in Wilksboro, N.C. She is a 2011 SPBGMA nominee for "Fiddle Player Of The Year" and was twice nominated for their "Songwriter of the Year" award. In 2010, Becky was honored to receive her very own signature model clawhammer banjo from the DP Hopkins Banjo Company.
Becky holds a degree in communication from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where she was involved in the Bluegrass and Country Music Program. She produced Valerie Smith's latest album, Blame It On The Bluegrass (2011) as well as her duet album with Valerie Here's a Little Song (2008). Becky has two solo albums of her own: Little Bird (2004) and Rest My Weary Feet (2000). Her songs have been recorded by countless Bluegrass and Americana artists including Bearfoot; Rhonda Vincent; IIIrd Tyme Out; the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band; and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.