Balsam Range wins "album of the year"Top charting acoustic group delivers mastery in harmony and musicianship … and a lot of fun
NASHVILLE, TN — Among the most exciting and buzzworthy acts on the acoustic scene is Balsam Range. The somewhat inauspicious beginnings at a local pizza parlor in Haywood Country, NC could not contain the musical phenomenon created by this gifted group of hometown friends. Balsam Range brings its special brand of bluegrass, roots and Americana to their home state North Carolina this month.
Balsam Range’s fourth album, PAPERTOWN, spent an impressive five consecutive months as the #1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey. Additionally, PAPERTOWN (Mountain Home Music) has produced four #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).
The band was honored with seven nominations in the 2013 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) annual awards honoring excellence in the genre.
Among the opportunities that have come their way, Balsam Range may now count a Hollywood connection among their credits. The band was chosen to provide music and appear in the movie, Careful What You Wish For, set for release in 2014. The film stars Paul Sorvino, Dermot Mulroney and Nick Jonas.
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.”