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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.

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Papertown

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Papertown is a perfect mix of stellar tunes from award winning writers such as Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, and Shawn Camp, as well as grassed up versions of familiar…

Artist: Balsam Range
Product #: MH14042
Release Date: 07/17/2012
Digital Release Date: 07/17/2012

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Papertown
2012-07-17
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Trains I Missed

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Balsam Range's third project, Trains I Missed, plays to the five-man bluegrass ensemble's vocal and instrumental strengths. Buddy Melton takes the lead on songs…

Artist: Balsam Range
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Release Date: 09/21/2010
Digital Release Date: 09/21/2010

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Trains I Missed
2010-09-21
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Last Train To Kitty Hawk

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Balsam Range offers up a second helping of the best in Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music with Last Train to Kitty Hawk. Several band members contributed songs…

Artist: Balsam Range
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Release Date: 01/20/2009
Digital Release Date: 01/20/2009

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Last Train To Kitty Hawk
2009-01-20
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Marching Home

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Balsam Range started out intending to make their debut project, Marching Home, as a Bill Monroe tribute album. They ended up recording six Monroe tunes, and decided…

Artist: Balsam Range
Product #: MH11422
Release Date: 10/19/2007
Digital Release Date: 10/19/2007

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Marching Home
2007-10-19

Articles about Balsam Range from Crossroads' Blog

Papertown Named Album of the Year at 2013 IBMA Awards

In what is destined to become one of Bluegrass music’s most memorable nights, including the emotional Hall of Fame inductions of both Paul Warren and Tony Rice (who shared his voice for the first time in years!), the members of Balsam Range were simply honored to be in the house. “Just look at the talent in this theater tonight,” Darren Nicho [More]

Video: Buddy Melton performs with Balsam Range for the first time since the accident

On Saturday, Buddy Melton stepped on stage with Balsam Range for the first time since the accident. Share the moment: [More]

Balsam Range fiddler Buddy Melton's surgery successful

Update from Balsam Range's website: Buddy’s surgery today (about 10 hours) was completed with great success. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! We love you all and could not anything without you. Dr. Parworth, the maxillofacial surgeon just came in and gave everyone a run down of the surgery a bit ago. He says Bud is awake!!! And he asked [More]

Balsam Range fiddler Buddy Melton in serious accident

Balsam Range fiddler Buddy Melton was in a serious farming accident yesterday morning. The group posted this update on their Facebook page:  As many of you already know, our beloved Buddy Melton was severely injured in a farming accident today. Thanks to all our friends and family for the overwhelming show of support. We just want to report that [More]

Mountain Home artists pick up 16 IBMA Nominations

Crossroads would like to congratulate our Mountain Home recording artists on picking up seventeen nominations in the final round of this year's IBMA Awards. The Boxcars Album of the Year, The Boxcars Entertainer of the Year Gospel Performance of the Year, In God's Hands Instrumental Group of the Year Emerging Artist of the Year Instrumental Perfor [More]

Balsam Range #1 Bluegrass Single for May and June

  The title track from Trains I Missed has landed Balsam Range at the top of the National Bluegrass Survey’s single chart for two consecutive months. Since Trains I Missed came out last September, this Mountain Home artist has quickly climbed into the Bluegrass charts. Beginning at the first of this year, they've received top spots on Siriu [More]

Mountain Home Music Label Tops the Charts With Dual #1s From The Boxcars and Balsam Range

ARDEN, N.C., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain Home Music, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc., celebrates the very rare occurrence of garnering two #1 Bluegrass chart toppers in the same month. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, which publishes the definitive radio airplay charts for Bluegrass music, has announced their M [More]

Bluegrass and Blues: Balsam Range and Harris Brothers release live videos

Balsam Range brings another stellar performance for this second installment of videotaped shows live from the Colonial Theater in Canton, North Carolina. Their set from February 19th delivers new songs from the chart topping “Trains I Missed “release as well as crowd favorites from the groups live repertoire. Each video vault performance from t [More]

Photo Gallery from Balsam Range videotaping

Balsam Range had a professional photographer on site at January's Winter Bluegrass Series at the Colonial Theatre videotaping. They have just posted a photo gallery on their site, here: http://balsamrange.com/photos/?album=1&gallery=17. The video rental/download of the Balsam Range segment is here; the Darin and Brooke Aldridge segment is here. [More]

Crossroads Unlocks Live Video Vault

At Crossroads, we’re committed to utilizing all of today’s technology to take the Greatest Story Ever Told to more people and places than ever before. We’re also geared to making things better and easier for those we serve! With that in mind, we’ve built the exclusive Crossroads Video Vault, and today we’re giving you the key! The Crossro [More]