BALSAM RANGE (Fri)
Since 2007, a well-blazed trail of success marks Balsam Range’s rise to the top of the bluegrass world. Garnering 10 IBMA Awards, with 5 critically acclaimed albums, Balsam Range has been entertaining crowds in venues across the nation including multiple Grand Old Opry appearances that have left audiences spellbound. Nominated for 3 IBMA Awards (Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year) for 2016, Balsam Range fills the air with traditional yet contemporary sounds.
“Mountain Voodoo,” on Mountain Home Records, is a follow up to the band’s fifth album, “Five,” which made its Billboard Chart debut at #4 and remained on the Billboard chart for 12 weeks. Spending 5 consecutive months at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts with seven #1 songs, it earned the 2015 IBMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year for “Moon Over Memphis.”
The quintet boasts four vibrant lead singers who in various combinations, deliver knockout harmonies full of surprises while remaining firmly rooted in classic bluegrass tradition. A mix of bluegrass, jazz, swing, blues, old-time and gospel makes up the unique sound that is Balsam Range.
Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (Bass, Dobro, baritone and lead vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals).