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.
Recognized as one of Manitoba’s most promising young country stars, Emma Peterson is known for her captivating performances, powerful voice, and all too relatable lyricism.
It’s that gift for telling familiar stories that continues to set the singer/songwriter apart, as well as setting the scene for her most recent single, Maybe Tonight, released early this year. “I wanted to write a song about what it was like finishing high school and about my friends and I running around town, down all the back
roads,” Emma said with a laugh. “Really, I just wanted it to be a kind of timestamp of that part of my life.”
Growing up in Winnipegosis, MB, Emma knows first-hand what it’s like to be raised small-town proud and it’s those fond hometown memories that lit the spark on her country music career.
In 2016, Emma’s debut took home top spot in CMT’s Chevy Tailgate Contest, resulting in one of her original songs being featured on the Chevy Top 20, while she made a name for herself as one of the Top 4 finalists in the country.
These days Emma continues to perform at numerous venues across the province and beyond, including an appearance at Dauphin’s Countryfest, sharing a stage with some of Canada’s biggest breakout stars, Andrew Hyatt and Chris Buck Band.
Emma recently was at the Manitoba Country Music Awards in Winnipeg where she won the Emerging Artist Award, performed at the event, and had a slew of nominations including Fans’ Choice, Female Artist and Music Video of the Year.
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