Balsam Range honored with seven IBMA nominations
NASHVILLE — One of the most exciting and buzzworthy acts on the acoustic scene today is making an impressive mark on the International Bluegrass Music Association. Balsam Range received a staggering total of seven nominations for IBMA Awards.
While the group is no stranger to IBMA, Balsam Range is truly flattered to be the second most nominated group. This year, they are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, they have two songs nominated for Song of the Year (“Any Old Road” and “Papertown”), Album of the Year (Papertown), Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Row By Row”), and Buddy Melton is nominated for Recorded Event of the Year for his collaboration on “What’ll I Do.”
"I love Bluegrass Music with all my heart, and I am thankful to be a part of this wonderful organization,” said Marc Pruett, banjo player for Balsam Range. “I have deep feelings for the power of communication through songs. A sincere thanks to the media and all our friends for your encouragement and support!"
“So excited and honored to have this many nominations by our peers at this level," adds mandolin man Darren Nicholson. "It's encouraging and makes you want to keep creating this music."
Tim Surrett echoes the feelings of honor to be nominated: “It may sound cliché, but it’s so true that it’s just an incredible honor to be considered,” Surrett said. “Being nominated in the company of so many folks that we revere personally is quite humbling.”
In addition to the impressive number of award nominations, Balsam Range has been enjoying well deserved success throughout the year. Their fourth album, "Papertown," spent an impressive five consecutive months as the No. 1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey.
Additionally, "Papertown" (Mountain Home Music) has produced four No. 1 singles: "Any Old Road" (Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey), "I Could Do You Some Good" (Bluegrass Today), "Born Ramblin’ Man" (Bluegrass Today), and "Row By Row" (Singing News).
Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends who’ve blended their unique individual experiences and backgrounds to form a distinctive sound. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a lasting mark in the world of Bluegrass and Acoustic music.
Together, Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett and Caleb Smith creatively blend bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a compelling new acoustic music experience. The band was honored with the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year Award for “Trains I Missed.”