The Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking.
Their mission is to help bring awareness to this unique aspect of African-American culture, and to the contributions of early blues artists, through performing and teaching.
The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go.
They feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.
Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018, these tradition bearers have been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival to name a few.
In addition to performing at a variety of domestic venues, Piedmont Blūz has traveled as far as Europe and the Middle East to share their music.
"The most wonderful thing about Piedmont Blūz is they share the history of the music as well as playing the songs.
They're able to do that in a way that doesn't take away from the musical performance, but rather add an educational aspect that blues fans truly love."
- JD Nash, Writer: American Blues Scene
"Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Benedict Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition.
They are known as the duo 'Piedmont Blūz' and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love.
It'll warm your heart.
Keep your ears on Piedmont Blūz."
- Frank Matheis, Writer: Living Blues
Spanish Flang Dang (arr. Elizabeth Cotten)
Video - Fred Bonett, 2021 Brooklyn Folk Festival
The Best of Mississippi John Hurt, a Vanguard double album recorded at Oberlin College in 1965, was Valerie's introduction to Country Blues - and John Hurt's music was her earliest inspiration.
So it is with great pleasure that we announce Valerie's recent confirmation as Co-President of the Mississippi John Hurt Foundation.
She looks forward to working with the Foundation's President, Mary Frances Hurt, and other board members to help preserve the musical legacy of Mississippi John Hurt.
For more information about the Foundation, visit their website.
The Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo was among the musicians invited to Avalon, hometown of Mississippi John Hurt, by the Mississippi John Hurt Foundation to participate in the documentary film, HURT - A Mississippi Inspiration.
We'll let you know how to view the film once it becomes available.
Meanwhile, please enjoy this teaser, produced by the talented Draft film crew.
Valerie was invited to write the feature article, Out of the Shadows - Undersung Women of Blues Guitar, for the March/April 2021 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine.
The article highlights the contributions of women to the blues genre, with a special focus on early blues women that aren't often mentioned.
The digital version includes a video where Valerie teaches the music examples that accompany the article.