High Valley Were Pretty Lousy Single Men
High Valley celebrate marriage during their new song "Single Man," a boot-stomping love song that compares two very different romantic lifestyles. Song lyrics aside, it's clear which Brad and Curtis Rempel prefer — growing up they made lousy single men.
"My main flirtatious move was giving girls dirt bike rides," older brother Brad says. "This one time I gave a girl a dirt bike ride and she was wearing white jeans and a water truck pulled out right in front of us because it had been pretty dry, so they were pouring water down on the gravel roads to let it settle down and we came back to school and her entire wardrobe was covered in mud.”
"The club scene in LeCrete (a dry town in northern Alberta, Canada) is a bonfire at the sand pit on Friday night," Curtis adds.
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Needless to say, the pair didn't have Tinder. Both Rempel men are married (Brad for 15 years, Curtis for six years) and both are raising boys in a way that's true to the more traditional raising they had.
“It’s pretty important to not allow the technologies to hijack the human system," Curtis says, underlining the importance he places on looking people in the eye when you speak.
"My main goal with my kids (ages seven and 10) and dating — and my wife and I talk about this all the time — is we just want to make sure they know how to have a conversation," Brad says, We know technology will be there and that’s all fine and good, but my main judgement of character is I don’t care how much you use technology as long as you still know how to have a conversation with a human."
"Single Man" is the first sample of the "Make You Mine" duo's next studio album, release date TBD. It is representative of what's to come, they say, and it's true to where they've been. Ricky Skaggs and Diamond Rio have been tremendous influences on both men, something you hear in their tight-blood harmonies and overwhelming preference to feature uptempo, rhythmic, bluegrass-inspired country music.
"We just get bored when we slow down for too long,” Brad says as his brother nods in agreement.
The themes of the next record will embrace similar no nonsense messages. It's what their fans have come to appreciate, and perhaps more importantly, it's what they want their kids to hear. The truth is Brad's oldest isn't far removed from the age he was when he met his wife. His window as a "Single Man" was short, but painful.
"I was an annoying, immature, junior high single man,” he says, half laughing. “Not what I’m going to encourage my boys to be when they’re that age. I could have had more respect, for sure."
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