Bell Buckle Cruise photos

Carnival Inspiration docked in Cozumel, MexicoValerie Smith and her musical crew are back home after a fun-filled Bell Buckle Music Cruise of the Caribbean on the Carnival Inspiration.

Back on solid ground, she and her band, Liberty Pike are in Nashville for a show tonight (1/31) at The Station Inn, and preparing to embark on a busy 2009 tour schedule. Valerie is also looking forward to a cover feature by Chris Stuart in Bluegrass Unlimited later this year.

Here are a few photos from the cruise.

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike on stage during the Bell Buckle Music Cruise   Charlie Louvin being honored by the ship's Ma?Ætre d' and J. Gregory Heinike of Bell Buckle Records and the Carnival Cruise Ship Inspiration   Valerie Smith congratulates Resophonic Guitar player Chad Graves and his new fiancee Jess, after they got engaged during one of the stops   Bassist Bobby David and Becky Buller joke around during dinner in the Carnivale Dining Room Liberty Pike includes Becky Buller on fiddle, guitar and vocals, Bobby Davis on bass, Chad Graves on resonator guitar and vocals, Ernie Evans on guitar, mandolin and banjo, with Smith handling lead vocals.

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