Fans of tomorrow’s best country music artists ordered themselves in single file fashion outside Mercy Lounge on Friday night (10/27), awaiting the start of Nashville’s stop of SiriusXM’s 20-city The Highway Finds Tour.
Canadian, brother-duo High Valley — Brad and Curtis Rempel — serve as headliners for the tour, and they’re accompanied by Ashley McBryde and Adam Doleac.
“Today is an unbelievable day for us … so many of y’all have been very, very involved in our careers, and some of you, you know, have been fans and super supportive, which means you’ve been incredibly involved in our careers,” Brad Rempel said to a sold out crowd.
High Valley opened their set with “Dear Life,” the title-track off their 2016 album. Their 13-track set also included a cover of “I’ll Fly Away,” which they dedicated to their mother who was amongst fans in the audience, and their latest single, “She’s with Me.”
High Valley wrapped up their instrumental-heavy set with their hit “Make You Mine.”
“We’ve been posting videos in London, England, singing this song; we posted a pretty sick video from Berlin, Germany, singing this song, but the problem is a lot of those people have never ever been to the Mercy Lounge on a Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee,” Brad said in an intro to their final track. “So I think we’re about to show them how loud Nashville can get.”
The night proved especially memorable for the duo, because this was their first Nashville gig outside of the Grand Ole Opry, and they shared it with a packed-to-capacity crowd, which included both of their parents who made the trip all the way from their home in Canada.
Before High Valley took the stage, Ashley McBryde delivered a 60-minute set full of spunk and spitfire, which included performances of original tunes “Lookin’ for a Buzz” and “American Scandal,” along with a cover of the Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight.”
“I wanted to do this for a living my entire life, and now we’re doing it,” McBryde said in an all-encompassing thank you to fans before closing her set with “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “Tired of Being Happy.”
Adam Doleac began the country music-filled night, which he used to share all six of his tracks found on his 2017 self-titled EP, including “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Some Girls” and “Whiskey’s Fine.”
“Thank you so much for knowing any of the words I’ve ever written,” Doleac said before singing the first song he ever released, “Bigger Than Us,” which entailed a clap-along led by Doleac himself.
Doleac went on to perform “Don’t,” a track he wrote and claims as one of his favorites.
“It was a tough one to give away, but it found a good home with Darius Rucker,” Doleac said before informing the audience that it’s the first track ever picked up by another artist and is now featured on Rucker’s October release of When Was the Last Time.
Whether fans came for classic-inspired tunes, revved up performances or a taste of mainstream country music, the performers served as a please-all.
For more information on The Highway Finds Tour, click here.