Christmas single from Valerie Smith

Bluegrass/Americana songstress Valerie Smith has a new single, just in time for Christmas. Convenient that, seeing as how it’s a Christmas song!

Send Yourself Home For Christmas harkens back to the sort of songs popular around the holidays during WWII and shortly after – what is often now described as the Great American Songbook. It’s a new song, though, written by Lisa Aschmann and Joni Bishop.

Supporting Val on the track is her band, Liberty Pike: Becky Buller (fiddle, vocals), Ernie Evans (mandolin, guitar and vocals), and Bobby Davis (bass).

Have a listen…

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Both the melody and lyric call to mind the Christmas classic, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, which was a huge hit for Bing Crosby in 1943. That song touched a tender spot with both servicemen overseas and families at home during the war, and Smith means to recall this same sentiment with the music video she has planned for the new single.

Valerie is asking her friends and fans to send images of military men and women she can feature on screen.

“The video is to honor our troops who are not going to be joining us for holiday cheer, so if you have a high-res jpeg of a loved one serving our country, please email it to me so that I can include their pic in my video to honor them!!! I will need that within the end of next week.”

Images can be sent by email.

Send Yourself Home For Christmas is available now for download purchase from CD Baby, and should appear soon at Amazon and Radio programmers can get a copy from AirPlay Direct.

Smith and Liberty Pike have a number of Christmas shows planned in December:

  • 12/4 – Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert in Bell Buckle, TN
  • 12/10 – A Bluegrass Christmas at LVD’s Concert Hall in Goshen, IN
  • 12/12 – Christmas Concert in Two Rivers, WI
  • 12/12 – Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia, IN

It must be that time of year!

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