Although they formed back in 2014, Hamilton ON-based indie folk/rock trio The Redhill Valleys, comprised of Danielle Beaudin (guitar and vocals), Tim Allard (drums and vocals) and Chelsea McWilliams (bass and vocals) have known each other for many years before that, as each member of the trio have worked and collaborated together in a variety of bands and musical projects before they started writing their own original material, drawing from their mutual love of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, old-school R&B and old-school country. And as the band told me via email, “before long we had twelve songs written that were eclectic, but still sounded like they belonged together. We crafted this record, our debut, for a year in the recording studio. We wanted to straddle the time of getting ir just right, but without it sounding stale or mechanical.”
“Wrong Way Turns Out Right,” as the band explains “is a special song to us. It’s one of the earliest songs that was written for our record, and set the tone for many that followed. More significantly, it’s the song that was the initial vehicle for us to find out collective voice. We knew we wanted to write songs with an emphasis on harmonies and this was the fsong our voices really melded together — when we felt we had something special.” Sonically speaking the Canadian trio pairs gorgeous harmonies with twangy and jangling guitars in a way that feels unhurried and sounds deliberately and finely crafted in a way that brings 70s AM rock, Fleetwood Mac, Brandi Carlile and fellow Canadians Red Moon Road to mind. And while there’s a careful, old-school attention to craft, the song does so without removing the hard-fought personal experiences, emotions and thoughts that influenced the song; in fact, you have to love the careful attention to detail — you canpicture the song’s narrator running towards her lover’s car and jumping into the leather seat, desperate to leave a small town for greener and bigger pastures.
The recently released music video is a rather revealing music video that follows the band as they record material in the studio, play live sets at clubs and outdoor festivals, hit the road, goof off and hang out — essentially living the musician’s life.