The Redhill Valleys have been refining everything they do over the last five years mixing rock, pop, country and roots into a slick milleu. We first learned of Danielle Beaudin as a solo artist but she’d collaborate with multi–instrumentalist Tim Allard and then she’d collaborate with bassist Chelsea McWIlliams and the three would form the earliest core of the band. With their debut album released some three years ago, the band showed a lot of promise but they’ve been honing their craft on the live stage and with the latest incarnation of the band featuring drummer Matt Soliveri, the Redhill Valleys have developed into a hot commodity on the national festival circuit. That being said, a new album would be nice and a local show would be good — Redhill Valleys fans take note of both of those coming up.
“It’s been quite a while since our debut so we’re due for a new recording but we've gone through a lot of changes since then,” says McWilliams. “An album is definitely in the works currently and we're definitely excited about that doing out first recordings with Matt and including everyone in that process is important.
“We’ve out out a couple of singles, last August “Take A Lot of Pain” and last February “Living In Yesterday”, which has kind of been us reintroducing our band and out sound,” adds McWilliams. “We’ve been playing a lot more live shows and get our names out there to a wider audience. It’s been helpful so hopefully when we finally release something, there will be some ears curious about what we have to say.”
Their sound and presentation has garnered the Redhill Valleys a lot of festival performances all the way to PEI and those gigs seem unending although they seem to be welccomed most readily in the new country world. As easily influenced by Tom Petty or Neil Young or Fleetwood Mac, it’ll be interesting to see where The Redhill Valleys go as they return to Westmoreland Studios with producer Carl Jennings for an album that could be done as soon as 2020. No stranger to the big stage, the Redhill Valleys should make a splash at the big outdoor stage at Supercrawl.
“We’re a live band more than a recording band but I think that’s okay to have that edge and not just live on the Internet,” says McWilliams. “We’re old school and trying to make a really good live show and from that people will check us out. We’re doing Travis Tritt shows but a lot of people are into the throwback country and that’s worlds colliding because we love old traditional country and new country, we love rock so there are some country music festivals that have something for everybody. We’ve got a lot of new material that we play live and we're getting a lot of great feedback.
“It’s funny because I feel what’s left of the smaller stages in Hamilton, we’ve covered over the years so it’s an honour to play the larger stages and we’re excited about being asked to play as part of Supercrawl,” adds McWIlliams. “We’re just going to play some old songs but a lot of new songs and maybe some interesting covers. This is going to be our first big local show for a long time. It’s going to be fun.”
On Friday September 13 get your roots on at the Mohawk College Stage with Parry Sound transplant singer/songwriter Shawn Kerr at 6pm, new country duo Jess and Tay at 7:45pm. Hamilton blues legends Trickbag at 9:30pm and the Redhill Valleys at 11;15pm. Click on theredhillvalleys.com