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C2C: Country to Country 2016 – High Valley live review

The Canadian brothers made their UK debut on the Yamaha Music Stage.

High Valley
Credit: Atlantic Records Nashville

The Yamaha Music Stage saw two more acts perform over the course of Day 2 of C2C: Country to Country. Following yesterday’s rousing performances from Nashville star Charles Esten and singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe, expectations were high today and the bar had been set. First up on the stage was Canadian duo High Valley.

Backed by their band, High Valley sung a three song set that showcased the direction they will be heading on their forthcoming major label debut album.
The first of the three tracks was You Be the Song, which set the scene and proved a nice introduction for the uninitiated. That was followed by Memory Making, a song with a big heart and that the guys sang with a lot of passion.

Make You Mine, the duo’s current single, was the closing number and it’s a fantastic mix of harmonies and tempo. Hearing it live really brought the song to life in ways radio can’t and it sounded all the better for it. I’d like to hear it in a more intimate setting than The O2 Arena to really get the full effect of it.

High Valley shows a hell of a lot of promise. They’ve been working at their music for years and it feels that now is their time. Clearly they have the songs and the talent to be huge, and their mix of traditional and contemporary Country is one that sounds fresh and not like everything else on the radio. The duo really impressed with their debut UK live performance and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Remember where you hear it first, High Valley are going to be huge!

Set List: 1. You Be the song 2. Memory Making 3. Make You Mine Performance Date: Saturday 12th March 2016

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