Hey folks! I’ve said that opening line a lot of times…but it is the truth! I get to stand on stage and watch and hear everything that goes on in the Balsam Range show. And I have a blast watching Tim Surrett, Darren Nicholson, Caleb Smith, and Buddy Melton sing, play and “cut up” every night we’re on stage!
We’ve been at it now almost 5 years, and I have to tell you, I am real proud of the progress the band has made. I guess by now that you may have heard about the International Bluegrass Music Association awards that Balsam Range is nominated for this year…Song of the Year…Album of the Year…and Emerging Artist. I jokingly told someone the other day that I can understand “song” and “album”…but “Shootfirebuddy…IfeellikeI’vebeenemergingnowsince1962!!!” I’ve had a lot of fun with that, but all kidding aside, I am thrilled as I can be to stand in those final categories with my pals in BR. It is an international honor just to make the third cut in this nomination!
If you can vote…please think about Balsam Range. If you have voted…I hope your bunch wins. If you’re not able to vote…join IBMA and get in on all this “bluegrass fun!” I won’t bore you with too many details…but remember that our “Winter Concert Series” is on again at the beautiful, historic Colonial Theater in downtown Canton, NC. (Check our schedule for more details.) Every time I play there, I think about my old buddy Charles Gentry telling me that he saw Bill Monroe when Flatt and Scruggs were in the band in 1947…right there…at the Colonial Theater! I can almost hear Lester singing “How Will I Explain About You.” (I think it’s still in the walls there somewhere.) Charlie told me that “Mon” had on a bright green suit with white boots that night…and all the people were talking about “this banjo player.”
Well gang…thanks for letting me “jaw” at you a while. Come and be with us when you can. We’ll always try to have some fun…well…except maybe when Darren’s shoes are too tight. Then all we hear is the grinding of teeth for three sets! Cheers, and as Uncle Albert used to say, keep BR in mind for “all your entertainment needs”. Marc