SIBLING HARMONY - High Valley brings tunes from their newest CD Dear Life to the Memorial Centre on Nov. 10th.

High Valley features tunes from new CD on Nov. 10th in Red Deer

Siblings perform just days before the official release of 'Dear Life'


Lacombe Express

Country duo High Valley performs in Red Deer just days before the release of their major label CD debut Dear Life.

The brothers (Curtis and Brad Rempel) play the Memorial Centre on Nov. 10th.

The highly anticipated project features the Top-15 Canadian country radio hit Every Week’s Got A Friday they also performed the track at the recent Canadian Country Music Association Awards where they accepted the award for Group or Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year.

“There’s some stuff on it that is more pop, and there is some stuff that is more bluegrass,” explains Brad during a recent chat. He and his brother originally hail from the tiny community of La Crete in northern Alberta.

“But it’s all centered around that ‘old school country sound meets with brand new production’.”

The disc was produced by Seth Mosely the ideal fellow to craft the tunes to a kind of polished perfection without losing that distinctive raw edge.

“The first time I met Seth, he was in a pop/rock band and he was about 25 years old. We became friends, and when (High Valley) was completely independent, he said, ‘I’m producing some country stuff’, and we needed someone on the County Line record. So we recorded everything in his house!”

Meanwhile, High Valley is catching the attention of the critics in the U.S. too, already having been named ‘Artist To Watch’ by Taste of Country, CMT, Spotify and garnering the ‘Country Song of the Summer’ title by Billboard.

Currently based in Nashville, the guys grew up on a 1,400-acre farm with music, farming and family as the basis of their entertainment. Indeed the Rempel’s musical language was formed at a very young age.

When they started out, the guys booked gigs anywhere they could, playing cover songs to audiences of about 100 to 200 people.

As to the current swing up to their native land, “It feels like we are coming home,” says Brad of the short tour which also touches down in Calgary and Edmonton. “Where we are from is so far north in Alberta, we just consider all of Alberta home,” he added with a laugh. “Anytime we get up there, it’s all good. It feels like a homecoming anytime we get anywhere in the province.”

The guys also grew up in a musical home, so following a path in the industry seemed the natural course to take.

There was always lots of singing in the family, at church and at any number of community events over the years. But it was back in 2007 that the guys decided to pursue it professionally.

Brad quit his day job, Curtis packed up his high school materials to take on the road and they pretty much never looked back. Their debut Broken Borders was named Album of the Year at the 2007 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, while the song Back to You was awarded Country Song of the Year. They met with almost instant success.

Their second album, High Valley, was released in Canada and the United States in 2010.

In 2011 the band won five GMA Canada Covenant Awards, including Artist of the Year and Group of the Year.

“It’s not that we weren’t allowed to have a radio,” explains Brad of their early days. “We had radios, but you turned them on and heard a lot of static from an AM station 300 miles away.

“When it was cold enough you could hear the farm report, the price of grain and the occasional old school country song. We finally got FM in our town when I was in 10th grade,” he said.

“That’s why the record was called Dear Life,” he added. “Because that song for me was like trying to write a journal entry to my life and say, ‘I really have loved every mile of this road.’

Looking forward, they are hitting the road with Martina McBride this fall, and they’ve already wrapped a trek overseas and are gearing up for another set of dates across the pond as well.

It can seem like a bit of a whirlwind, but the guys are careful to take it all in stride. And there is that undeniable sense

Just Posted

Town of Blackfalds looking into new seniors housing project

Community consultation will begin March 28th

Lacombe Chamber announces annual scholarship

Up to two recipients will receive $1,250 towards their post-secondary education

POLL: Should Canada do more to alleviate the global refugee crisis?

Currently there are over 25 million refugees worldwide.

Generals look to finish off Eagles Wednesday night

Lacombe currently leads Stony Plain 3-1 in best-of-seven

Lacombe Legion will be presenting the award-winning play Jake’s Gift

Acclaimed play has received rave reviews from critics and audience members alike

WATCH: AFSC unveils new CEO

Steve Blakely comes to AFSC after a 40 year career in the finance sector

Starbucks to unveil latest creation: crystal ball frappuccino

The limited-edition drink will be available starting March 22

Two arrested in Leduc County after Thorsby RCMP drive by rural break-in in progress

Thorsby RCMP prevent break and enter, find other stolen property

Liberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016: source

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

No opting out: Canadians to get emergency alerts on their phones soon

Canada’s wireless providers are preparing for a looming update to the National Public Alerting System

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and U.S. company ICM Partners

Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls

Witnesses say Boko Haram militants have returned an unknown number of the 110 girls who were abducted from their Nigeria school a month ago.

Most Read