Curtis Rempel, one half of High Valley spoke to us about the group’s career, life in Canada as well as new music. High Valley will be the headlining act when they perform at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2017. This will be a concert you will not want to miss! Please visit their website and purchase your tickets for this event. The group wanted you know that there are VIP upgrades that will allow you in for their sound check prior to the show with swag and much more! We had the best time talking with them and cannot wait for this blockbuster night. Here is a little backstory on High Valley.
Growing up in a remote town without TV or FM radio, Brad and Curtis Rempel listened to country radio on the only AM radio station available. High Valley is comprised of brothers Curtis and Brad who are quickly becoming known for the melodic blending of their voices paired with their expert string musicianship. Brad leads vocals and plays guitar while Curtis supports with the harmonies. The pair’s current single is “She’s With Me” and was co-written by Brad alongside Ben Stennis and High Valley’s producer Seth Mosley. High Valley’s musical influences include Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio, Shenandoah and the Everly Brothers. They are currently headlining the SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds Tour and I promise this is a must see!
B Chord – The first thing I want to say is I love your sound! Country music needs some of the true folk and bluegrass sound back. Did you always know Country music was for you?
Curtis High Valley – Yeah definitely! We grew up in a very rural community. We grew up on 1400 acres of farm land and horses, cows, old trucks and granaries. We are as Country as it gets. Mom and Dad would listen to country music well before we were born so it was kind of ingrained by the time in the home when we came along.
B Chord – Did either of you try solo acts before you decided on the group?
Curtis of High Valley – We have never attempted anything on our own. Brad and I are two of six siblings and we often had all six on stage with Mom and Dad. We have been eight people and as the family grew and things progressed, High Valley turned into just the two of us. Brad and I decided to pursue this full time professionally and the rest of the family is growing and having babies. It’s not like we are not we are doing that too.
B Chord – Dear Life is your fifth studio album but the first major label release. What was that process like? You both have been performing music for a while I’m sure and then you get a big label release.
Curtis of High Valley– Yeah it was huge getting the big label release. Just like anything in life, if you have something that you love you want to introduce it to other people and have them experience your new discoveries with you. That is why we all search for companions and somebody to do life with. Music is another example of that. We have discovered songs and Brad writes songs all the time and we listen to them and analyze them, pick our favorite songs that we are most proud of and count down until release day. That is the best day, because it is like a musician’s Christmas being able to share the gift with the rest of the world. The process is spaced out – we are in the studio a little bit here and there, analyze what we did and pick the best stuff and then share it with the world. We are just getting started now listening to some songs and Brad is writing like crazy. The moment we release new music the two of us are on twitter reading responses and getting energized through social media.
B Chord – So you are playing at The Hamilton in Washington DC on Oct 18th. Have you ever played in DC before? What can we expect if we have never seen your show?
Curtis of High Valley – I believe we did a couple small acoustic venues, but this will be our first headline show in Washington, D.C. We are really excited about that. High Valley’s goal is to get everyone on their feet as much as we can dancing and clapping and having a great time. Brad and I love to have a lot of fun, joke around a lot with high energy acoustic vibes with the mandolin, banjo and dobro. It is a high energy bluegrass/ country experience!
B Chord – One of my favorite songs is Dear Life and happens to be the title track. Can you tell us a little about the song and the writing process? It makes me feel that the questions I ask every day are normal.
Curtis of High Valley – Dear Life is a very special song for the two of us. As you mention, these are the crazy times. We had our first major label release last year and we just can’t believe what is happening right now on the road touring our faces off right now. It is a diary entry expressing our emotions about celebrating how crazy our life is right now. We have so many good things happening and time is going by so fast that we are trying to savor these moments right here, right now. Our kids, our families, and our career all at the same time is a struggle all at the same time, but because it is so good you want it to last. So the song is an emotional song about all of those feelings and experiences.
B Chord – How did the transition go from coming from Canada and having good success to then coming into the US and going straight up the charts in country music?
Curtis of High Valley – Well, I will tell you exactly what it was like. We were a brand new act in Canada a handful of years ago and now High Valley once again is a brand new act in the United States. So we feel that we are veteran rookies if you know what I am saying. We have had a lot of practice in the brand new act department. We love running the process again and building a brand in a new territory. The US population is about ten times the size of Canada so there are a lot of impressions out there to make.
B Chord – Biggest thing you miss from Canada?
Curtis of High Valley – Oh let’s see. You know what I miss, in the summer the sun only goes down for a couple hours especially in the north where we grew up. I truly miss those long summer nights where you could hang out outside around the campfire and you can see everyone’s face until 2 in the morning. You never have to go to bed, because you are getting the energy from the sunlight.
B Chord – I want to ask a question and you can pass on it if you want. I know you recently played Rt 91 Harvest in Vegas. I know all of our hearts are breaking over what happened. Country music is one of the closest knit groups I have ever seen. They love country music and they support the genre. You guys played on the 29th right? Is there anything you want to say about the tragedy?
Curtis of High Valley – Obviously just a really sad and tragic event that everybody wishes would not have had to happen. Brad and I just feel that it is definitely our responsibility to continue doing what we are doing. Keep creating what we create which is our art and use it to bring light into a world that seems very, very dark at times. We know that we have the gift of music and it is our responsibility to share it with the world whether we are scared or not. This is not going to get in the way of entertaining people and allowing families to have a great time and getting together listening to music. Unfortunately, now it is on our minds now when we think about what stages we are going to be performing on and it really sucks that somebody had to do something that evil. We have to think about those sorts of things now. I think we would be losing if we decided to stop bringing families together and having a good time, so we will not do that anytime soon and we are excited to get back on the road and on the stage. It was so great to see the community of country fans embrace each other, having strangers helping strangers. It is truly amazing to see the beauty that comes out of such a tragedy. We are so lucky and blessed to be a part of this community for sure.
B Chord – Being brothers, I am sure you have some great experiences but do you all have any fun little disagreements on the road?
Curtis of High Valley – Fun disagreements is that what you just said. Ha. I think the biggest is debating between health foods and cheeseburgers! Brad is a pretty fit guy looking for the low carb/high protein healthy situations and whenever I see a neon sign that says cheeseburger I get all excited like Christmas! That is the constant struggle that we have.
B Chord – What instruments can both of you play?
Curtis of High Valley – Well, I play Mandolin and guitar and little bit of banjo. I play a little and hesitate to call myself a banjo player because I do not compare to the people that I idolize. I do hold a banjo on stage sometimes though. Brad sticks with guitar.
B Chord – So we ask all of the groups that we interview the same question and here it goes. You are stranded on an island and you can take one instrument with you. What would it be and why?
Curtis of High Valley – I think I would bring a guitar. It would have to be my 1971 Yamaki Japanese made rosewood back and sides, spruce top dreadnought that I found on EBay for $300.00. It was cheap but it is not replaceable and I really love the vintage sound that it’s got. I would choose a guitar because it is the most versatile instrument. I love the mandolin and I love the banjo, but they don’t resonate quite as long. A guitar is just so versatile and I just love the guitar.
B Chord – Thank you so much for spending the time with us and we truly appreciate your time. Keep up the great work!
Curtis – Thanks a lot and we appreciate it as well.
Below you will find all of High Valley’s links to social media and websites. Please make sure you upgrade and purchase the VIP Ticket for the show at The Hamilton for a once in a life time experience.
VIP Status for The Hamilton Upgrade – http://highvalley.storenvy.com/products/21311420-10-18-washington-dc
High Valley’s Website – http://www.highvalleymusic.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/highvalleyofficial/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/highvalley
Twitter – https://twitter.com/highvalley
Spotify – ttps://open.spotify.com/user/highvalleymusic/playlist/4jCqSlhMevu51ljSBqBHmy
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dear-life/id1163770854