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Tim Surrett honored as K&K Sound Systems’ Artist of the Month

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by Mountain Home Music Company

K&K Sound Systems Inc., The Acoustic Pickup Authority, has honored Balsam Range’s TIM SURRETT as its Artist of the Month for November. Tim uses K&K’s Bass Master Pro, a pickup combination system for the upright bass.

Check out Tim’s artist page with K&K here: http://www.kksound.com/artists/aotm1113.php

Papertown Named Album of the Year at 2013 IBMA Awards

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Mountain Home Music Company
Courtesy of IBMA.

Courtesy of IBMA.

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 said of Raleigh’s packed performing arts center. “To say that it’s an honor just to be included is a big ol’ understatement.” Included, indeed, as Balsam Range was the recipient of seven IBMA nominations in this year’s awards.

The night’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, Tim’s response was to immediately think of fans, especially those at home in Haywood County. “We’re just blown away,” Tim said. “We’re so proud of our home area and we get to carry this back to the real Papertown. That’s what it’s been about all along: the people.”

Additionally, Buddy Melton was included in the honors for his part in “What’ll I Do,” the Recorded Event of the Year which was produced by Terry Baucom, Cindy Baucom and Ed Lowe.

Balsam Range Celebrates Record #1s

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Mountain Home Music Company

Balsam Range and the Mountain Home Music Company celebrated a record five months at the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart for the band’s most recent album, Papertown.

The album stayed at the top of the Bluegrass industry’s longest published chart from February through June. Then followed a #1 song position for “Any Old Road Will Take You There,” written by Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley and the band’s own Marc Pruett in July on the Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart.

“We are not sure if it is a record stay at the top for any band in Bluegrass, but it is a record for us as a company and for Balsam Range,” says Ty Gilpin, Senior Director of Marketing for the label. “The label and the band are honored that Bluegrass music broadcasters all over the world shared this album with listeners and supported it so well this year. Thank you, DJs!”

Balsam Range and Mountain Home celebrated in Asheville, NC with a dinner and presentation to the band and with a commemorative plaque from the label to mark the occasion.

Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett adds, “We want to thank the songwriters for their contributions. It’s the great songs that make a great album. We thank the staff of Mountain Home for getting our music out there and to Bluegrass radio and our fans for liking our music. It is really gratifying to see a project as personal to us as Papertown being accepted by a greater audience.”

Balsam Range, Papertown, and “Any Old Road Will Take You There” are all up for award nominations this year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards held on Thursday, September 26th in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium.


PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured L-R: Mickey Gamble; Mountain Home Executive Producer, Caleb Smith and Tim Surrett of Balsam Range; Van Atkins, Engineer on Papertown; Marc Pruett, Buddy Melton and Darren Nicholson of Balsam Range; Ty Gilpin, Senior Director of Marketing for Mountain Home.


Papertown Video now available for Balsam Nation members

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by Mountain Home Music Company

The new Papertown video is here! Shot on location in Canton, NC, this video was produced by Kim Ryan White of ViewFinders Inc. and features the single Papertown off the album by the same name.

If you haven’t seen it today, you can watch it on CMT Edge.

Members of Balsam Nation can download their own personal copies today, and as a special bonus, they can also download an alternate ending version of the video. (Have the kleenex ready!)

If you haven’t signed up for Balsam Nation yet, you can join today here: http://balsamnation.com/

Grateful and Sharing a “Happy Dance”

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by Mountain Home Music Company

“We are so grateful to bluegrass radio and to our fans.
We’re happy, happy, happy!”

~ Buddy, Caleb, Darren, Marc & Tim (Balsam Range)

(Just see for yourself! Click to see our “happy dance”!)


MH14042Papertown – 5 MONTHS as #1 ALBUM
(Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey)

#1 Songs from the album -

“Any Old Road” (Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey)

“I Could Do You Some Good” (Bluegrass Today)

“Born Ramblin’ Man” (Bluegrass Today)

“Row By Row” (Singing News)




“Thank you for your friendship and support!”

Member Hangout signups are here!

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012 by Mountain Home Music Company

Member Hangout signups are here!

We’re kicking off this special benefit to Balsam Nation members with our Papertown CD release concert on Friday August 10th.

10 member hangout slots are available for this special night of music at the Colonial Theater in Canton, NC (Papertown). The hangout time will begin at 6 pm that night and will include catered food and personal time with the band. Attendees just need to be at the main entrance of the Colonial Theater at 6 p.m.

You can sign up for Balsam Nation today at http://balsamnation.com/.

Papertown – Available today!

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by Mountain Home Music Company

Here’s the official press release:

It’s been a wide river to cross for Balsam Range.

Last year’s Bluegrass Song of the Year winners have tasted success, faced a potential demise, started a community from their fan base and created groundbreaking ways to get their music out. Now they top it all by delivering the best music of their career to date.

Introducing Papertown, Balsam Range’s fourth release on Mountain Home Music. The album is a direct reflection of the events of the band’s last year, from winning the IBMA’s Bluegrass Song of the Year award for the song “Trains I Missed,” to a near fatal injury for lead singer Buddy Melton.  As a result of these events, the band responded to an outpouring of support and joined with fans to create the community movement known as Balsam Nation whose ideals are reflected in the new album.

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 songs from the Allman Brothers and others. Add the band’s gospel cuts and a soulful version of Buddy and Julie Miller’s “Wide River to Cross,” and this album will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes.

A new Huffington Post article says, “This Asheville-based quintet brings it live and on records, too, where pure vocal splendor and wicked chops abound. Trust me, they are one of the best bluegrass bands on the planet. Their Allman Brothers cover is a flat-pickin’, fiddle fabo’, banjo burnin’, dobro droppin’, mando magnificent track from their fourth effort anddestined-to-be radio staple classic.” – Dusty Wright, Culture Catch

Papertown is now available in our store, here.

For more information about Balsam Nation go to balsamnation.com

Video from Balsam Range

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Mountain Home Music Company

Balsam Range is in the studio tonight. They took a break for a few minutes to sit down for a video update:

Be sure to go out and support the group at the April 1 SCAN concert, the April 7 concert at the Colonial with David Johnson, and other upcoming dates!

Happy Birthday, Buddy!

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Mountain Home Music Company

Happy Birthday (and happy recovery), Buddy, from your Mountain Home family!

Trains I Missed song video

Posted on: October 7th, 2011 by Mountain Home Music Company

Here is a little personal video by Jennifer Nicholson. Thank you all for the support this year. The best is yet to come.

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