I’m not sure if any interviewer has ever asked a country artist what they would do if they walked out on stage and looked into the audience, only to find more seats empty than full. If someone would ask Warner Music Nashville recording artists High Valley that question, I know the answer. Brad and Curtis Rempel would probably tell that man asking the question, “We would put on a show!”. Fans attending their show at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va., tonight know that they would answer that way, and we all know they would do what they said.
Readers who are not familiar with the Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee area probably don’t realize that a lot has been going on here lately. With the Kenny Chesney concert this past Friday; the huge University of Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech football game played at Bristol Motor Speedway (with 160,000 fans in attendance), Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival about to get underway with a lot of shows going on in the downtown Bristol area, not to mention the fact that this was a Monday night concert – well, people just can’t be two places at one time, no matter how much they would like to be. So our crowd in Abingdon, Va., was a bit on the small side tonight.
I don’t think that mattered. I know it didn’t matter to the fans who were there for one reason, and one reason only – they wanted to see High Valley! And, I’m absolutely positive that it didn’t make a bit of difference to the boys and their band. They weren’t about to let the small audience lessen their enthusiasm as they stepped out on that stage. They put on a show that brought the audience to its feet, had them dancing in the aisles, singing along, and smiling the entire time! They played for this audience the same way they would have for an audience of thousands. They also get my vote for this year’s “Fan-Friendly Award”. They had a meet and greet before the show, and then they stayed and signed autographs for a long line of fans after they were done performing.
With fan favorites like “Love You For a Long Time,” “County Line,” and their current Top 40 hit, “Make You Mine”, we also heard a little bluegrass, and a few great covers. They did one that has always been a favorite of mine, “A Father’s Love”. I remember that as one Bucky Covington had on an album a number of years back. Brad and Curtis did a great job with that one, too. They sang a new one for us, I think they said it’s from an album they are working on, but I was having more fun listening and watching, and not taking as many notes as I should have. It was called “Roads We’ve Never Taken”. You are all going to love this one.
The weather was perfect, the music was awesome, the band is an extremely talented group of musicians who all work so well together. They are fun to watch, and didn’t mind a little attention as they would interact, not only with Brad and Curtis, but with each other—AND, with their audience. That talented group of musicians is Clint Milburn, guitar; Raymond Klassen, dobro; Dave Myers, bass; and Andrew Hemmerling, drums.
Thanks to the Washington County Fair, WXBQ Radio, and Marsh Regional Blood Center for bringing High Valley to the fair on opening night this year. it was a great concert and a fun time for everyone who attended.
We will close this out with a few more pictures from tonight’s show. We will get a few of the band in here for you, too. If you haven’t already seen High Valley on stage, I hope you will keep an eye on their tour schedule, and get out there to see them when they get to an area near you.
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