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As The Year Ends…

We would like to take a minute before the hustle and bustle cranks up to say,


We thank you for a truly great year for Balsam Range. The year was filled with more great moments and shows than we can recount. We traveled from coast to coast this year, and it was worth every mile. We traveled in the Ol’ Black Van, by bus, and a bunch of airplanes. We enjoyed every note of every song. You folks make it so easy to enjoy our jobs, and we really appreciate it. We sincerely hope that the music we brought meant something to you.


With the coming of the new year comes the Winter Concert Series!!

We are looking forward to playing once again in the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton, NC.

We are bringing some great guests in this year. We are also playing more ourselves at this year’s shows. The one complaint that we always have is that we don’t play long enough at these shows. So, we decided to do the first show by ourselves! We are just going to get out there and play a while! Should be a blast.

Here is a press release with all the details:

Plans are complete for the 6th annual series
hosted by IBMA Vocal Group of the Year in Canton, NC

NASHVILLE, TN — Balsam Range, recently named Vocal Group of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has announced a truly great lineup for its 6th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band brings a series of concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theatre.

“Our winter concert series is something we look forward to every year. It’s kind of a gift to our community and a great chance to play with, and share the talents of some of the artists we respect. With everyone’s busy schedules, we don’t normally get to join these guys onstage,” says Balsam Range’s Darren Nicholson.

The opening concert in January will feature Balsam Range in an evening brimming with their many chart-topping hits, and a few surprises. Guests for each of the three subsequent concerts include fan favorites, award winners, and even a couple of Grammy Nominees. The 2016 series will include Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley (who are nominated for a Grammy in the Bluegrass Album category), and The Studio Dream Team, comprised of musicians Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman. Concerts are held at the Colonial Theatre in Canton on the first Saturday of each month, January through April 2016. Balsam Range, winner of the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year, and 2015 Vocal Group of the Year, also performs at each show.

Special guest artists are selected by the members of Balsam Range. Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Marc Pruett often use their many hours on the road to share with each other the music of artists they admire.

“It’s great fun to have some of our own musical heroes on these shows,” says Nicholson. “We’re inspired by other artists, so it’s as much fun for us to hear and play with these guys as it is for the audience to hear them.”

Balsam Range tries also to bring artists to the series who don’t regularly play in the area. Past concerts, which have all been sell-outs, have boasted guests from among the top names in the business as well as fast-rising stars of acoustic music. Guests have included Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, John Wiggins, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Shawn Camp, The Sweet Lowdown, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band and more.


January 2     Balsam Range
February 6    Grammy nominees, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
March 5        Bryan Sutton
April 2           The Studio Dream Team

In addition to IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Balsam Range was also honored with the Song of the Year award for “Moon Over Memphis” from the album FIVE. The award-winning year for Balsam Range included honors by the House and Senate of the state of North Carolina, as well as the band being inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor presented by the Governor of the State of North Carolina. The band’s schedule included new audiences, including Stagecoach, California’s huge annual country music festival, a testament to the ever-expanding appeal of Balsam Range.

Tickets for the Winter Concert Series are available at The Colonial Theatre box office (53 Park St. Canton, North Carolina 28716) or by calling 828-235-2760. All shows begin at 7:30 PMSaturdays, with doors opening at 6:30 PM.  Tickets are nonrefundable and date specific.

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you and your families. Thank you for being the best bluegrass entertainers. You bring happines and job with your music. Love you, Brenda Norton PS,see you in Berryville, VA, next year, if not sooner. xo

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    You deserve every happy moment you’ve had – you really are an amazing group of musicians. Happy Christmas to all of you and to all your families and have a great holiday time. With love from Ros and Richard in England.

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    My wife and I and some friends recently went to the concert at the Clarke County High School in Berryville VA. Man….what a performance. You guys are the best! Keep up the good work. We were thrilled that you opened with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. That really touched our hearts. May God continue to bless each and every one of you and keep coming out with those super albums!

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    Hey Guys,
    I drove down yesterday from Harper’s Ferry, WV on a surprise trip to see my daughter in Cleveland, GA.on Wednesday. She’s had some medical issues for the past 6 months, so, I thought a visit from “daddy” would help even though she’s 45 years old. I came down from Asheville and passed through Balsam Range and thought about the concert in Berryville from last week. Awesome! Well, the trip thru the rain and traffic was worth it. She was real happy to see me and seemed to perk up. I hope that tomorrow you will all have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see you in May in Gettysburg if you’re going to be there. God bless you all and thank you for bringing so much happiness to so many people with your God given talent. He was mighty generous when he passed out talent to all of you.


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