In what is destined to become one of Bluegrass musicâ€™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.
â€śJust look at the talent in this theater tonightâ€ť Darren said of Raleighâ€™s packed performing arts center. â€śTo say that itâ€™s an honor just to be included is a big olâ€™ understatement.â€ť Included, indeed, as Balsam Range was the recipient of seven IBMA nominations in this yearâ€™s awards.
The nightâ€™s conclusion would see Darren, Tim, Marc, Caleb and Buddy accept the award for Album of the Year for PAPERTOWN, the highly acclaimed project that spent five consecutive months at the top spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey chart.
In typical Balsam Range style, Timâ€™s response was to immediately think of fans, especially those at home in Haywood County. â€śWeâ€™re just blown away,â€ť Tim said. â€śWeâ€™re so proud of our home area and we get to carry this back to the real Papertown. Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s been about all along: the people.â€ť
Additionally, Buddy Melton was included in the honors for his part in â€śWhatâ€™ll I Do,â€ť the Recorded Event of the Year which was produced by Terry Baucom, Cindy Baucom and Ed Lowe.