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BALSAM RANGE

  • From Clyde, North Carolina.
  • Formed in 2007 by Marc Pruett (banjo), Caleb Smith (guitar), Darren Nicholson (mandolin), Tim Surrett (bass and resonator guitar) and Buddy Melton (fiddle).
  • Pruett has worked with Ricky Skaggs (played banjo on Skaggs’ landmark “Sweet Temptation” album in 1979 and was a founding member of Kentucky Thunder in 1996) and James Monroe. Also had a gospel group called “Harvest.”
  • Nicholson previously worked with Alecia Nugent.
  • Melton was formerly with Rock Springs Reunion (gospel group) and Jubal Foster (country band).
  • Surrett is a former member of the Isaacs and the Kingsmen.
  • The Balsam mountain range is on the southern edge of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, surrounding the area in which the band members live.
  • 2007, released Marching Home album (Mountain Home)
  • 2008, released Last Train To Kitty Hawk album (Mountain Home).
  • 2010, became the first band to perform at the NASCAR Hall of Fame (at its opening) in Charlotte, NC.
  • 2010, released Trains I Missed album (Mountain Home)
  • 2011, won the IBMA Award for Song of the Year (for “Trains I Missed“).
  • 2012, released Papertown album (Mountain Home).
  • 2013, won the IBMA Award for Album of the Year (for Papertown).
  • 2013, recorded an album with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band called Daylight.
  • 2014, released their fifth album Five (Mountain Home).
  • 2014, won IBMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year (Buddy Melton)
  • 2015, won IBMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Moon Over Memphis”).
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