Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots and is the co-founder of the “Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo.” She plays finger style Country Blues guitar and her eclectic repertoire has been greatly influenced by her studies with both John Cephas and Woody Mann. Valerie’s earliest influences were Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten, and her specialty is the Piedmont style of fingerpicking.
Valerie has performed in a variety of festivals and clubs including the Richmond Folk Festival, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Riverside Blues Festival, Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, American Folk Art Museum, ArtsWestchester, Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, Howland Cultural Center, The Jalopy Theatre, and Towne Crier Cafi to name a few.
She has also been a featured guest on Horses Sing None Of It with Ralph Litwin, The Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz on Radio Woodstock, and on Wes Houston Presents on QPTV.
In addition, Valerie has taught at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop in Washington, and conducted workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation in Maryland.