Based in Haywood County, North Carolina, Balsam Range consists of five men native to the region “where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge.” The band's members are Buddy Melton (fiddle player and lead singer), Tim Surrett (bassist, vocalist, and occasionally resonator guitar player), Marc Pruett (banjo), Caleb Smith (guitar player and vocalist), and Darren Nicholson (mandolin player and vocalist).
Bluegrass says a lot of what this band is about, but equally important are the aspects of Gospel and Country Music. All the fellows in the band grew up in the rich musical culture of Appalachia, steeped in the influences of The Grand Ole Opry and of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the region. Their songs also include Gospel songs, English ballads, Western songs, and tunes written by the band members themselves.
One of the biggest mountain peaks in the band's musical journey came in September 2011, when they were awarded the IBMA Song of the Year award for their song "Trains I Missed." Just a few months later, the band faced the biggest crisis of their career when Buddy Melton was severely injured in a farming accident. After tense weeks of an intensive surgery and recovery, he returned to the stage in April 2012.