Playing with High Valley at the 2013 CCMA Awards
Rising country music stars High Valley invited me to play Dobro for their appearance on the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards show, live-broadcast across Canada. It's pretty much the biggest nationally televised event this nation boasts of, with multiple reruns throughout the following months. High Valley, three brothers from La Crete, AB, has taken the nation by storm with their upbeat and very positive family-friendly songs, many of which are originals and co-writes. Hits like "On The Combine", "Let It Be Me" recieve constant airplay. I've known these boys since Brad, the oldest, was 12, Bryan and Curtis not too far behind, and watched them grow up and find opportunities to flourish under mentorship of fine musicians like Brian Barrett and Paul Brandt. All three boys are married now and at least one of them even shaves. They are like sons to me and I'm proud of not only the media attention they're getting, but moreso that they haven't allowed this new-found fame to water down who they've always been; strong young men with an unwavering and practical faith in God.
They were nominated for two awards this year: Best New Group, and Interactive Artist Of The Year, and brought home the Interactive. All the best you guys - you rock! I'm grateful that you remembered the Old Fart and asked him to join you onstage to share your cool opportunity.
2013 CCMA Awards, Rexall Place, Edmonton AB, Sunday September 8, 2013. Watch our performance here (scroll down to High Valley - Let It Be Me). If I wasn't wearing my hat you'da never saw me! Special thanks to Julian Tubb for borrowing me one of his fine Resonators that he builds.
High Valley on their inaugural performance at the Grand Ole Opry; about as big as you can get as a country artist or band.