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Santa is coming and the new CD is HERE!

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

Hello Balsam friends!!  I just wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy, safe holiday season.

I am so excited to announce the release of my brand new solo recording “Things Left Undone”.

We worked on it this summer and have been awaiting the release  but it’s here!  Just in time for the holiday season if you’re looking for a unique gift idea.

I have to say a huge thanks to my BR brothers for supporting me in this.  Here are the 12 tracks:

 

Darren Nicholson – Things Left Undone

1 Things Left Undone   4:25

(Paul Thorn, William Maddox)

2 Durango  3:43

(Shawn Camp, Guy Clark)

3 I’m Not Going There Today  5:37

(Josh Matheny, Charlie Worsham, Donny Fallgatter)

4 Dancin’ In The Kitchen   3:03

(Ashleigh Caudill)

5 Bluegrass Stomp   3:50

(Bill Monroe)

6 Like My Dog   2:49

(Harley Allen, Scotty Emerick)

7 Give Mother My Crown   2:54

(Walter Bailes)

8 Sugar Creek Gap   2:36

(Darren Nicholson)

9 In A Perfect World   4:16

(Milan Miller)

10 Traveling Teardrop Blues   5:20

(Shawn Camp, Herb McCullough)

11 Way I’ve Always Been   4:05

(Tom T. Hall)

12 Can’t You See   5:44

(Toy Caldwell)

Special Guests: Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Steve Sutton, Tim Surrett,  John Driskell Hopkins, Bobby Hicks, Milan Miller, Jennifer Nicholson, Audie Blaylock, Eddie Rose, Mike Ramsey, Aaron Ramsey, David Johnson, Steve Thomas, Tony Creasman, Jeff Collins, Griff Martin, & Kevin Sluder. 

Produced by Darren Nicholson for Bearded Baby Productions 2013.   Recorded at Crossroads Studios (Arden, NC)

I sure hope you’ll check it out as we are mailing them out immediately. 

Get it NOW at:
http://www.darrennicholson.net/

Big Weekend Coming Up In Grayson KY and Maggie Valley NC!! Henry’s ready!!

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

We’ll be at RudyFest 06/21/13 in Grayson, KY. Box office: (304) 208-2601.Join us for one of the best, most fun festivals in the Nation. We’re there 6/21/13 with Bluegrass Album Band, Larry Cordle, Josh Williams, and Lonesome River Band. This is a must see festival!!

Then WE’RE HOME TOphoto (1) HAYWOOD brought to you by Carhartt!
06/22/13 – 06/23/13 in Maggie Valley, NC at PlottFest. 828-506-1820. Address: 2511 Soco Road. Venue phone: 828-506-7137. Mountain Music Festival – Celebrating WNC’s Heritage and benefiting Haywood County Head Start. Showcasing the official NC state dog, the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound originated in Haywood County. Bluegrass, Americana, Roots Music, Dance & local artisans along with Haywood Community College Natural Resources Division and Haywood Waterways offer FREE Catch Clinics for kids. FREE Timber Sports Demonstrations offered by the Forestry Club. Great Smoky Mtns Trout Fesitval is now under the PlottFest umberella. Local food, Tractor Demos, kids play areas, and much much more!!
www.plottfest.org

Saturday

Sunday

10:00

Timbre Fox

1:00

Anita & Luis Diaz

11:00

Mark Bumgarner

1:45

Danielle Bishop

12:00

Sam Lewis

2:15

Eddie Rose & Highway 40

1:00

Ghost Town Gunfighters

3:15

Ila Knight

1:15

Balsam Range

4:00

The Primitive Quartet

2:00

Eddie Rose & Highway 40

5:00

Balsam Range

3:00

Darren Nicholson Band

4:15

Mark Winchester Trio

5:45

Balsam Range

HOLY COW …PAPERTOWN IS THE #1 ALBUM FOR 5 STRAIGHT MONTHS!!!

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

HOLY COW …THE #1 ALBUM FOR 5 STRAIGHT MONTHS!!!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

THANKS TO ALL THE DJ’S FOR SPINNING IT!!

AND YOU FOR REQUESTING AND PURCHASING IT!!

Dean Eaton says
“Congratulations to my buddies Balsam Range! PAPERTOWN is the #1 bluegrass album on the June 2013 “Bluegrass Unlimited” survey, and “Any Old Road” (still my fave) is the #2 song! Sweet.”

Check it at http://balsamrange.com/shop/papertown/ OR
iTunes!

Come see us this month as we’ll be performing these songs all over the place:

06/01/13 Auburn, AL Bluegrass on the Plains Festival
06/05/13 Dawson City, Yukon Territory Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
06/07/13-06/09/13 Whitehorse, Yukon Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival
06/13/13 Flat Rock, NC Blue Ridge Community College
06/21/13 Grayson, KY Rudy Fest
06/22/13-06/23/13 Maggie Valley, NC PlottFest
06/29/13 Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC Stecoah Valley Center – An Appalachian Evening
07/01/13 Morganton, NC Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival

This week we have Grey Eagle, Hendersonville NC, and RenoFest in Hartsville SC!!!

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

This Thursday (3/21) Asheville NC Balsam Range + Missy Raines & The New Hip at  The Grey Eagle! Tickets ONLY $10 in adv.!! It’s our last scheduled show in Asheville for a long while so please come be with us!!

03/21/13 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle 8:00pm. Box office: (828) 232-5800. Address: 185 Clingman Avenue. Venue phone: (828) 232-5800. So honored to have another amazing co-bill show with 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. 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.

03/23/13 Hartsville, SC RenoFest
Admission: $15-$35. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (843) 332-1600. Address: 212 North 5th Street. Venue phone: (843) 332-1600. Although RenoFest started as a one day concert in 1998, the Hartsville Downtown Development Association (HDDA) upgraded RenoFest to a three-day festival in 2000. RenoFest is now the home of the State Championship Guitar and Banjo Contests. In 2006, RenoFest added the first State Championship Bluegrass Band Contest. Join us in Hartsville for the finest celebration of Bluegrass in the Southeast, and a tribute to one of its biggest artists — Don Reno.

Awesome time at the Grand Ole Opry and now this week is a whirlwind…as we make our way across GA to Charleston SC

Posted on: March 10th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

We had a great time WSM, The Grand Ole Opry, WDVX, and The Shed.  To see a boat load pictures from this past weekend on the Opry and more then click HERE.  As we have uploaded an entire album to our Facebook page.

This week is a whirlwind…as we make our way across GA to Charleston SC. Check it and come be with us!!

03/14/13   Athens, GA       The Melting Point w/ John Driskell Hopkins

03/15/13   Bloomingdale, GA      Randy Wood’s Pickin Parlor

03/16/13   Mount Pleasant, SC     Sweet Grass Music Festival

03/17/13   Mount Pleasant, SC     Seacoast Church

FOR MORE INFO SEE CONCERTS PAGE!

Join us at The Grand Ole Opry and The Shed in Maryville TN this weekend!

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

We’re excited about playing The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TN for the first time as band!  It’s very special to me because I grew up listening to the Opry and WSM every night.   I was very fortunate to start playing the Grand Ole Opry when I was 18 years old with the great Alecia Nugent.  We played it regularly for about 3 years during that time and it was absolutely wonderful for a kid who loved the Opry that much.

Now this time is extra special for several reasons.  We’re going for the first time as a band and of course I mean Balsam Range.  And it’s with a band of the same five guys who started BR from the ground up.    But also the reason we’re going this Friday is to showcase a new recording and relationship we’re extremely proud of …John Driskell Hopkins and our new collaborative album “Daylight“.   John was so good to ask us to perform with him on the Grand Ole Opry and we’ll be doing songs off the new “Daylight” album.   The album features John and a collection of his great original songs and one co-written by Balsam Range with BR as the full band & vocals on each track.  Guests on the album include Zac Brown, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka, Joey+Rory, Levi Lowery, and more.  The album has recieved amazing reviews all over the country and featured on many radio stations that never play bluegrass.  It’s been amazing time recording and performing across the country with John.  Including playing ZBB’s Southern Ground Music Fest and Zac inviting us out in the middle of ZBB’s set recently in Knoxville to perform live onstage with them.  A million thanks John for being such a great friend and so supportive of our music.  John really loves bluegrass/roots music and is one of the nicest guys we’ve ever met.  Thanks John!

Saturday we’ll be coming back through Maryville TN at The Shed. 7:00pm. Address: 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Venue phone: (865) 977-1669. All events listed below are hosted at The Shed located adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, Tennessee. Stinkers BBQ, a full-service restaurant at The Shed, serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week. John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range Album Release Show for Daylight. Come be with us!

Tennessee I Hear You Callin’ Me! We’ll be live in Nashville 2 days this week and Johnson City just as “Papertown” becomes the #1 Album!!!

Posted on: February 10th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

We’ll be hitting a Nashvegas hotspot with our pal John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) in support of our new collaborative project “Daylight” that has garnered a heaping pile of good mojo lately. Including live appearances with ZBB and a spot on the Grand Ole Opry (March 8th).

In support of the #1 Bluegrass Album “Papertown”.  We’ll also be visiting two of Country and Bluegrass Music’s world famous mainstays in one weekend, The Station Inn and The Down Home!!  We’ve been so lucky and blessed to have the album go #1 this month as well as having four #1 singles in all so far.  I’m sure we’ll do them all.  We don’t get to Nashville or Johnson City much so …COME BE WITH US!!

Coming Up This Week:
Thurs 2/14 - The Basement – Nashville TN w/ JDH
Fri 2/15 – The Station Inn – Nashville TN
Sun 2/17 – The Down Home – Johnson City TN
(Weather Reschedule)

Find more info and show details on the concert page HERE!

Hope to see you down the road.

Peace out.

BR has been busy! Live performance with ZBB and now a CD release party at The ISIS Music Hall this friday!!

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

What a fun weekend with our friends in Knoxville TN!!  We had so much fun at The Bijou with the Dismembered Tenesseans, Brand New Strings, and all the WDVX gang. But the crowd was amazing!!  Of course it rolled right over into WDVX’s Blue Plate Special on Sunday afternoon with John Driskell Hopkins.

Later Sunday night we hit the stage at Thompson-Boling Arena with Hopkins and the entire Zac Brown Band.  Big thanks to Zac and John for asking us and all those guys being so supportive of Balsam Range. They’re great people and have really became great friends.  We just finished a recording with John Driskell Hopkins called “Daylight” and Zac is a guest on the CD along with several others.  The song JDH & BR did that featured Zac is called  ”I will lay me down” and to see a video of the live version we just did with  ZBB show in Knoxville click HERE.

Now this Thursday at 11a.m. we’ll be live with John on WNCW 88.7FM.  Playing tracks from “Daylight” and talking about this Friday’s (2/1) show at the ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville. To listen online visit www.wncw.org.

NOW MAKE PLANS TO BE AT OUR CD RELEASE PARTY FOR DAYLIGHT…THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!

John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) AND Balsam Range CD Release – Daylight
Friday – Feb 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC
$12 advance / $15 at the door (cash). General Admission. Tablets of 4 are available with dinner reservations (limited). Seating is available first come first serve. Isis and Handsaw Productions are proud to host John Driskell Hopkins’ Asheville CD release event. John will be joined by Balsam Range.
This Saturday’s Winter Concert at the Colonial with Missy Raines has been SOLD OUT!

Alright Knoxville Girls. And Boys. We’ll be at the home of the 1982 World’s Not Fair (Marc Pruett was there).

Posted on: January 26th, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

Excited about WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass Show at The Bijou Theatre tonight (Saturday – 1/26). With The Dismembered Tennesseans and Brand New Strings.

And the WDVX Blue Plate Special on Sunday (1/27) w/ John Driskell Hopkins at 3pm.

COME ON!!!  We’re gonna be running all over Knoxville this weekend…no telling where we’ll end up with all our friends in town!!

PS- The Down Home show last night in Johnson City was cancelled due to weather. The show has been rescheduled for Sunday evening February 17th. Show time will be 7:30pm.

In all my travels…I’ve never seen a homeless guy with a bottle of Gatorade.

Posted on: January 21st, 2013 by Darren Nicholson

Just a little obersvation. Anyway…

Hello friends!!  Looking forward to a weekend in TN and hitting the road a lot more in 2013!

We are coming off a really fun weekend of recording the live album for Balsam Nation. And we’re very excited about being in Johnson City and Knoxville this weekend.  Come see us!

01/25/13 Johnson City, TN The Down Home 8:00pm. Box office: 423-929-1083. For those that can not come out…check out the live webcast information HERE.

01/26/13 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater – WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass Show 7:30pm. Box office: 865-684-1200.

We’d also like to mention how happy we are to be working with Mike Drudge and Class Act Entertainment out of Nashville TN.  They are doing a great job getting us to different parts of the country, and beyond, so we can come hang out in a town near you.   We’re still doing some great dates in WNC but I thought I’d share of few of the traveling dates so you can see if we’re gonna be near you. And we have a bunch that are still pending. So please keep an eye on the BalsamRange.com Official Calendar for all the updates and current shows near and far.

Here are few road dates to BR’s 2013 itinerary:
Nashville, TN
Fredericksburg, VA
York, PA
Olive Hill, KY
Arlington, TX
Bloomingdale, GA
Mount Pleasant, SC
Auburn, AL
Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada)
Branson, MO
Galax, VA
Brunswick, ME
Grayson, KY
Benton, PA
Russiaville, IN
Wilmington, OH
Springfield, IL

And many more. Please visit the schedule page for the full itinerary.

Have a great week!

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