HIGH VALLEY

HIGH VALLEY

Chris Bandi, Alyssa Trahan

Fri 19 May

7:00 pm

$12

This event is all ages

High Valley
HIGH VALLEY

High Valley's major label debut single "Make You Mine" (Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville) is an exercise in balance and purity of expression. By combining their bluegrass roots with a modern pulse, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel have created something that feels simultaneously fresh and timeless.

Beginning with a burst of turbocharged acoustic guitar, the tune builds momentum with a fouron-the-floor kick drum and rousing group choruses that beg to be shouted at full-volume. This energetic attack is mirrored by the determination and confidence in the lyrics, aimed at winning cover a "soul miner's daughter." Also remarkable is how "Make You Mine" refuses to be overwhelmed by electric instrumentation, staying close to its acoustic core. That was a very conscious decision, according to mandolin player/harmony vocalist Curtis.

"Even getting some buddies in the studio and just shouting out lyrics, bringing energy in that way instead of always defaulting to crunchy guitars and things like that," says Curtis. "That's what we're all about."

Earlier this year, Brad and Curtis played the song at the Grand Ole Opry and were fortunate to be accompanied in the hallowed circle by one of their biggest influences, Ricky Skaggs. Though Skaggs' early '80s heyday pre-dates either brother, they've been longtime fans since discovering him on the lone AM radio station they could receive growing up. While their upbringing in a close-knit remote community didn't exactly acquaint them with all of popular music, it did help cement the musical ideals and love of simple, classic country that still inform the duo to this day.

High Valley is currently working on their new album due in 2016.
Chris Bandi
Chris Bandi
There are no tractors, trucks or tailgates here! Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris isn’t your average country singer. Like many kids, Chris grew up listening to whatever his parents listened to but in the Bandi household these were two very different styles! Whether it was rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in his dad’s car or singing along to Garth Brooks with his mom, music always played a big part in Chris’ life. Fast forward a few years and, like most kids, Chris couldn’t stand to listen to the same music as his parents. Being from St. Louis he had to know every word to Nelly’s “Country Grammer”, he also fell in love with artists such as Usher and Fall Out Boy. His mix of pop, rock and country separates him from most other artists out there. After graduating from Ole Miss and spending a few summers traveling back and forth from Oxford to Nashville, Chris decided it was time to make the move. Initially knowing only a few people in the Music City, his drive and determination were quickly noticed throughout town.

A few months after moving to Nashville, Chris began writing with hit songwriters Shane Minor (“Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell, “Beautiful Mess” – Diamond Rio) and Monty Criswell (“Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church, “I Saw God Today” – George Strait). After a few writes, Monty brought Chris into the studio to provide vocals on several of Monty’s demos. This ultimately led to Chris being introduced to Grammy winning producer and engineer Julian King (Tim Mcgraw, Tyler Farr). Monty and Julian became believers in Chris’ work ethic and fresh country sound. Not long after, the three began working together to further promote Chris.

From almost empty bar rooms to fraternity parties to sold out shows, Chris has been captivating audiences everywhere he goes. Having opened for bands like The Marshall Tucker Band and LoCash, Chris’ stage presence and voice pull the audience in until they are all on their feet! Recently teaming up with Paradigm Talent Agency (Ed Sheeran, Eli Young, Toby Keith) Chris has been on the road touring all over the midwest and southeast regions.

So keep an eye out for when Chris will be playing near you. You won’t want to miss one of Nashville’s “Rising Country Stars”!
Alyssa Trahan
Alyssa Trahan
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer. Those are just a few of the impressive points Alyssa Trahan has on her resume. She writes her own music and has written hundreds of songs, plays over a dozen different instruments and produces much of her music herself. She has even produced music for other artists. Plus, she performs on a regular basis, over 100 shows a year, and has opened for several national touring acts including the Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Paslay, Smithfield, Sawyer Brown, Courtney Cole, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols and more. She has also performed her original music and/or the National Anthem at multiple pro sporting events.
Alyssa began her music career at a very young age. Growing up in the small town of East Rochester, NY, she quickly became known for her talent and drive. Now residing in Nashville, TN, she is creating buzz for the same reasons.
Alyssa has received an impressive amount of airplay for an indie artist, with her music having been played on countless stations around the world, including Sirius XM The Highway. In addition, her music has been featured in multiple independent films, including Never Too Late, which she was asked to write an original song for. On top of that, she has been featured on many websites and blogs, including the homepage of Big City Country (NYC), and has made dozens of live television and radio appearances.
Alyssa has released three albums and/or EPs: Hi (2013), Wild & Crazy (2015) and Daisies (2016). She is also working on a fourth (release date TBD), which was made possible by her dedicated fan base, who altogether raised over $6,000 (over $1k past the initial goal of $5k) in a GoFundMe campaign launched to cover production costs. Every song Alyssa has released was written on her own without the help of co-writers, an accomplishment praised by many.
Alyssa has a bright career ahead of her. And as many agree, she is one to watch for sure.
Venue Information:
Anthology
336 East Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14604
http://anthologylive.com/