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article imageInterview: Brad Rempel from High Valley talks 'County Line' album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 11, 2014 in Music
Country duo High Valley's lead singer Brad Rempel discussed their upcoming debut album "County Line" and its song selection, as well as opening for Shania Twain.
Their CD will be released on October 14. They were originally a trio of siblings, but their brother, Bryan, decided to stay in Canada. "Bryan is happy. He gets to have a 9 to 5 job in our small town and we get to keep living the dream down here, so everybody wins," Brad said.
"We wanted to shock people a little bit musically with the new album," he said. "We wanted to surprise people. We felt that our albums in the past were a bit safe, so went ahead and got a pop producer. He pulled us towards the Top 40 kind of sound, and we had our bluegrass and country influences, and that's how we found our sound and the songs that did that."
Brad selected "Fathers and Sons" as a favorite song on the new project, especially since he wrote that for his boys. "It is a really important song to me," he said.
Another stand-out song for him is "Make You Mine," which featured multi-Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs on guest vocals, the latter of which he describes as an "EDM country song." "That's a really cool moment," he said. "Ricky has been one of our biggest influences in our careers, and he came along and lent his voice on the record, and that was pretty amazing."
To check out their new County Line CD on iTunes, click here.
Country duo High Valley
Country duo High Valley
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Last year, they took home the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award for "Interactive Artist of the Year" and they have earned 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, as well as multiple CCMA and Juno award nominations. "We tried pretty crazy hard to interact with our fans, and I remember a few years ago, we were shocked that anybody would go to our Facebook page, let alone interact with us. We have been able to launch our own fan-club and they help us pick the songs. It has been really fun interacting with the fans," he said.
Throughout their career, Brad and Curtis has shared the stage with Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Ricky Skaggs; moreover, in 2014, they opened for music superstar Shania Twain at the Calgary Stampede, in addition to performing at three festivals in Ontario, including the esteemed Boots and Hearts. "Shania Twain was a big deal since that was a sold-out show and we played for 30,000 people. It was amazing and through all of that she was really nice and encouraging. We have always dreamed pretty big but that was a mind-blowing opportunity. Hopefully, it is not the last time," he said.
High Valley will be bringing their music to the fans on their "County Line" tour, which kicks off in Lindsay, Ontario, on Friday October 31. "We are honestly pumped. We have 26 chances to try and prove that we can make it as a headlining act. We are going to the small-world farming communities and that's our key audience. I think it's going to be so much fun each night," he said.
Their long-time goal is to someday become the next Alabama. "We want to be doing those reunion shows in our 50s. We want to be one of those bands that can stand the test of t ime," he said.
For more information on High Valley, their new CD and tour dates, check out their official website.
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