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Valerie Ryals  " Bio Continued "

Valerie’s skill as a fiddle player has enabled her to share the stage with such luminaries as The Chieftains, with whom she performed at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall in 2000. Her style fit Paddy Maloney’s Emerald Isle style like a glove and, though it need not to be said, a good time was had by all in the sold-out performance! In 2006, Valerie returned to Bass Hall at the invitation of singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey as his special guest for his annual Cowboy Christmas tour. Lately, Valerie has performed with Texas music legend Red Steagall both on stage and in the recording studio. Additionally, she coordinates and organizes the fiddle contest held at the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards each October.

Valerie’s reputation as a consummate instrumentalist is eclipsed only by her dedication and skill as a perpetuator and teacher of the music she loves. In 2004, Valerie was recognized by the Zonta Club of Johnson County as a Women of Achievement in business.

“The world seems to get crazier every day and to be able to do something positive in a wholesome environment, like teaching in my little studio, is something I’m very grateful for. It’s like I heard Dolly Parton say once, ‘If you can make a living doing something you enjoy, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ And I don’t plan to ever fully retire because I love what I do.” Valerie Ryals is a Lone Star treasure. Phern and Lenn Ryals are proud of what she has done… and rightfully so.

Valerie Ryals

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