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Winter Concert Series

We are gearing up for another winter concert series at the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton NC.  It is going to be an incredible series and we are excited about the extremely talented artists joining us this year.

The concert series will kick off on December 1st, 2012 with SHAWN CAMP, Mike Bub, Larry Atamanuik & Guthrie Trapp. A bold and distinctive singer, a songwriter who’s provided material for artists ranging from Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs to Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn, and a multi-instrumentalist who’s played with everyone from Yonder Mountain String Band and Alan Jackson to the Osborne Brothers and John Prine—Camp’s music sprawls across the lines that divide country, Americana, bluegrass and roots rock.

January 5th, 2013 will be John Driskell Hopkins.

John is a member of the Zac Brown Band.  An multi award winning musician and song writer and most importantly a dear friend to Balsam Range.  We first met John about a year ago and have performed with him on several occasions.  We have been recording with John on a solo project which features his original songs.  The project is due to be released around late October or November.  Balsam Range will be performing with John to recreate the recording live.

February 2nd , 2013 will feature Missy Raines and the New Hip.

Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association- with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit. A former member of the Grammy Nominated Claire Lynch Band, the acclaimed duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she’s been playing music.  Missy Raines & The New Hip blur the lines between jazz, bluegrass, and rhythm’n’blues- redefining the acoustic/electric/hybrid landscape. Is it ‘jam jazz’? ‘jazz grass’? ‘rhythm’n’blues-grass’?

Doesn’t matter what you call it. The New Hip, led by multi award-winning bassist Missy Raines, delivers a powerful punch of groove-based (and BASS-ed groove) lines, soulful vocals, and full on funk rave-ups.

March 2nd, 2013 will be the return of Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, and Larry Cordle (The Trio).  If you did not get a chance to see them last year, you have got to hear this show.

Audiences are offered a glimpse into the world of Nashville songwriting when Cordle, Jackson & Salley showcase their original material during an intimate set of music. This multi-award winning “Trio” has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Toby Keith, Patty Loveless, Joe Nichols, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and others. Awards include accolades from The Country Music Association, International Bluegrass Music Association, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association, Gospel Music Association (“The Doves”), NARAS (“The GRAMMY’S”), SESAC, ASCAP & BMI.

April 6th, 2013 is the incredibly talented Jim Hurst.

Jim is one of the greatest guitarist of our times.  To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances.  Perfect timing and tone and his unusual picking style has enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers.  Jim spent his youth playing guitar under the influences of flat-picking greats Tony Rice, Doc Watson, George Shuffler, and Clarence White.  But the finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed was the “turn in the road” for Jim.  This amalgam of impact defined his technique.

He has played guitar with Trisha Yearwood, touring extensively and appearing on numerous radio and television shows.  He also performed with Sara Evans, whose 1998 RCA release No Place That Far features Jim’s vocals and acoustic guitar work.

Craving to play more bluegrass, Jim joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band in 1995,during which time he teamed up with bassist Missy Raines.

Tickets for the series will be going on sale in the near future so stay tuned for updates and make your plans to attend.


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    Balsam Range comes through again. If they keep this up they just might put Canton on the map Big Time. The 3rd annual Winter Concert Series with amazing talent. The Papertown CD. If you Love Music you gota love the Mountains and Balsam Range’s support for Great Music in our home town. Thanks BR .!!!

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      Thank you Steve for your kind words! Balsam Range really appreciates your friendship and support of the band. All the guys are looking forward to a fun series at the Colonial…and we are really “pumped” about the lineup this year! Marc

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        Re: Heritage Days Concert, Sept. 29th, 2012

        Your presentation was ” Awesome”! I’ll swear if ya”ll don’t get better every performance!

        I made a short 5 minute ” Smilebox” creation of my digital shots of the show. If you would like to see yourself ” in color & Pickin’ and Grinnin’, just e-mail me & I will forward it to you. Hope to see ya’ll one more time this year before returning to Florida for winter.

        THANKS for creating & playing your music!

        Rowland Gregory ( Member of Balsam Nation)

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    I’m curious about this concert series. Will the concerts be just the guest artist. or does Balsam Range make an appearance. Either way they look great, I just want to manage my expectations!

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      Hey Mike. We will be playing on every show, but please come anyway!!
      Just kidding, it’s going to be a great series!

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    Hello to my favorite centerfold subjects. Loved the Carhart
    picture! Are tickets available for the entire series, or do I have to purchase each individual one??

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      Should be this week Karen at 828-235-2760. THANKS …it’s gonna be a good one.

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    When and where in Fredericksburg, Va?


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