Concerts & Music
For two salt-of-the-earth, small-town guys like Brad and Curtis Rempel — the brothers that comprise bluegrass-infected country duo High Valley — little compares to interacting with their fervent fans. Yes, to hear the musicians tell it, their audience has a special way of justifying everything they’ve ever worked for.
“Fans always say, ‘Man! Your records are so upbeat and we can’t help but smile when we listen to them,’” Brad says with a smile. “That’s honestly the greatest compliment anyone could give us. Because we’re not that band that’s gonna be singing these hurtin’ and
break-up and cheating songs. That’s not real life for us. There’s a lot of positivity over here.”
It’s hardly a surprise High Valley are feeling so optimistic: following decades of delivering high-octane live shows, first in their native Canada, then in the States and overseas, the two tremendously talented musicians are seeing their musical dreams come into focus like never before. “Really though, I never doubted for a second that it would all work out,” Curtis says of the occasionally painful but always progressive road to the present. “Because,” he adds, “even though it’s taken some time, every year has been better than the previous one.”
Recently, however, High Valley’s career has shifted into overdrive: following the breakout success of their 2016 debut album, Dear Life, namely highlighted by the Gold-certified singles “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me,” the duo’s first Top 10 at country radio, the group notched two consecutive ACM nominations for New Vocal Duo or Group. High Valley was soon touring the world with artists like Old Dominion and on their own headlining dates. “We’re just so very thankful that our audience is growing,” Brad says with trademark humility.
Still, the band’s colossal progress is unlikely to slow down anytime soon: having been holed up in the studio much of the past year writing and recording their forthcoming second full-length LP, High Valley now return with “Single Man,” the project’s debut single. Most exciting for their ever-expanding fanbase, it marks the first taste of what the future holds for one of country music’s most exciting acts.