Author Archive for Tim Surrett

New Record Going Well!

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by Tim Surrett

Hello all! We are hard at work in the studio working on the 5th BR record.

I have to say, this may be the best collection of songs that we’ve ever had! We can’t wait to play them live. In fact, we snuck one into the program in Ithaca, NY last week!

By the way, they treated us so nicely up there. They even took care of us after our flight home was canceled due to the snow. Thanks to Rick and Sally Manning for having us, and Scott and his staff at La Tourelle Resort for exceptional hospitality!

I would definitely go there for a vacation! Beautiful country, and really good people.

Well, back to work!




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Tim Surrett

We want to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This has been a truly great year for Balsam Range. When we started this band, we made a kind of bucket list of things we would like to do. This year, many of those things came to pass.

We played the Grand Ol Opry with our pal John Driskell Hopkins, the Ryman Auditorium on July 4th, and too many others to name.

Then to top it off, winning Album of The Year at IBMA.

Thank you to all the promoters who booked us this year, and have us booked for 2014.

Thank you to all the radio folks for playing our music around the world.

Most importantly, thank you to everyone who spent your hard earned money to see us play or to buy our music this year. It was an honor to play for you. We hope the songs meant something to you.


God bless you all this Holiday Season. We will see you in 2014!

Tim, Buddy, Marc, Darren, and Caleb.WebsiteBalsamRangePhoto




The Fun Comes To Papertown!

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Tim Surrett

We are so excited that it’s time for the WINTER CONCERT SERIES!

Saturday night, December 7, the Colonial Theatre will again become the capital of Balsam Nation. Balsam Range is proud to bring great music to Haywood County.

The Jeff Little Trio are friends that we met a couple of years ago, and they blew us away. Jeff is a phenomenal piano player who plays fiddle tunes, blues, and everything else you can imagine. We ended up on stage together at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, and we knew immediately that we had to bring him  to Canton!

These shows will sell out, so call quickly to get tickets. Hope to see you there!Winter Concerts at the Colonial



Happy Thanksgiving From BR!

Posted on: November 27th, 2013 by Tim Surrett



Balsam Range’s Buddy Melton on his Road to Recovery

Thanksgiving: a Time for Gratitude for the Artist and His Family

Nashville, TN — Last Thanksgiving, Buddy Melton was simply grateful to be alive. This year, he’s eager to share new insights after triumphantly returning from life-threatening injuries sustained in an accident on his farm.

“I was doing something I shouldn’t do,” Melton recalls about that day in March of 2012. “I was working with those cows and no one knew it. Lots of folks with small farms or businesses make the same decision. You do a lot of stuff by yourself and you forget how dangerous it is. The economy is such that you can’t always hire help. Some things just need to get done.”

His nose, forehead and right eye socket were shattered when a cow kicked a heavy metal gate, which struck Melton in the head. The singer/fiddler endured a 10-hour reconstructive surgery, months of recovery, and lost more than 30 pounds. He continues to deal with medical issues including loss of taste and smell, and facial numbness.

Melton and his wife, Carla, were overwhelmed and grateful for outpouring of support from fans, friends and other musicians.

“The bluegrass community really is a family,” he says. “The support we received was tremendous. It was overwhelming. Every little kindness meant more than anyone could imagine. I want people to know how grateful I am.”

The day he was released from the hospital, he surprised his band mates, Tim Surrett, Caleb Smith, Marc Pruett and Darren Nicholson, by showing up and the studio. Still weak and unsure, he stepped up to the microphone and delivered the poignant, “I’ve Got a Wide River to Cross,” although doctors had cautioned him that the damage to his sinuses meant he may not sound the same.

“I wanted to be a part of the album,” Buddy recalls about the recording of Papertown. “They were already recording and I just needed to know.”

About a month after the accident, Melton returned to the stage with the band and performed “Trains I’ve Missed,” but he still faced a long road to recovery.

“I lost so much weight,” Melton recalls. “I was wasting away, so I started pushing myself.”

Never one for sitting around, Melton began with low impact workouts and realized that the more he did, the better he felt. He began training for a grueling bike ride known as the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Just months after the accident that nearly took his life, Melton completed the 110-mile trek from Spartanburg, SC to the peak of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States.

“I guess I’m always trying to achieve something that makes people think I’m crazy,” he chuckles. “I believe in setting unrealistic goals, doing something challenging. It drives you harder and it’s that much more rewarding when you achieve your goal. After all, if you live your life afraid of everything, what are you going to achieve?”

The soft-spoken artist admits that he misses certain things, like the sense of smell that once triggered sweet memories. He is grateful, however, for the simple gift of still being here.

“The good Lord had something else planned for me and I appreciate that. I get to be a husband and father. I get to see my little girl, Addie, grow up,” he says. “And seeing Papertown do as well as it did after all we went through, well, it was very rewarding. That process, my thoughts and emotions, everything was different, so it was very rewarding.”

This Thanksgiving, Buddy Melton is thankful indeed, for the family that is the Bluegrass community, for the ability to still share his voice, and for the recognition that every day is precious.

“Life is unpredictable. It’s important to be conscious of that,” Melton muses. “Everybody goes through trials and tribulations. I’d like to give others hope. I’m alright and you will be too.”

Pink for October

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Tim Surrett

I wanted to post this in honor of my mother and my mother-in-law, both of whom have had treatments for breast cancer in the last two years.

Darren Nicholson with a pink mandolinWhile an electric mandolin is not the usual stage fare for Darren Nicholson, the Balsam Range player has dusted off his unique pink J Bovier electric mandolin for a few special events in the month of October.

“It’s just my way of making people think,” says Nicholson, who used to design mandolins for the J Bovier company. “I call it my ‘Hello Kitty’ mandolin and it seemed appropriate for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Nicholson surprised the audience at a recent Balsam Range show in Burnsville, North Carolina when he used the pink mandolin on “One Way Out, a rock tune popularized by the Allman Brothers Band in the 1970′s.

When asked what Balsam Range fans thought of the electric mando and rock song, Nicholson chuckled and said, “We’ve played there so much, it’s like family, so I guess they let me get away with it. After all, it’s for a good cause!”

Balsam Range and The Boxcars are coming to Athens,Ga!

Posted on: August 14th, 2013 by Tim Surrett

MH14042We are really excited to be coming back to Athens this Friday night with our pals and label mates, The Boxcars! We have a long history together with those guys. We’ve played in bands together, played on records together, and been friends for many years.
Both bands will do a set, and then we will do a special set together. Who knows what will break out!
It’s really going to be fun. We’ve talked about teaming up for a while, and we’re excited to finally get to do it.
Come see what happens!

Fun Weekend Ahead!

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by Tim Surrett

Hello all.

We have been gone so much this summer, seen some beautiful places and met a ton of great folks. This really has felt like a groundbreaking year for us. With Papertown doing such great things, getting to do a video…

Still, it’s always cool to get to play really good shows around home, like this weekend!

We are playing a local festival this coming Saturday here in Haywood County.16th Annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam

16th Annual Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam

August 9 & 10 2013

A two day outdoor music festival dedicated to Bluegrass music. This is a family oriented music event in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  The spacious lawns of the historic Fines Creek Community Center will be dotted with tents.  Bring your own lawn chairs and choose your spot under the stars or under the tents.   For information call:  828-627-3080 or email finescreekgirl@yahoo.com



FRIDAY – AUGUST 9th 5-11 P.M.

Crowe Brothers 7 & 10pm

Eddie Rose & Highway 40 6 & 9pm

Whitewater Bluegrass Company 5 & 8pm

Cloggers – Fines Creek Flatfooters

SATURDAY – AUGUST 10th 3-11 P.M.

Balsam Range 6 & 10pm

The Dismembered Tennesseans 5 & 9pm

Darren Nicholson Band 4 & 8pm

Timbre Fox 3 & 7pm

Cloggers – Southern Appalachian Clogger

Prices: One night- $20   Both nights- $35

Children under 16 with paying adult are free


Come have some fun with us!


I will also be doing a solo concert at my home church on Sunday afternoon at 5 PM. My uncle and his quartet will be there also. Going to be fun.

We are raising money to help my friend Angie Jenkins get a lift for her wheelchair. She is one of the best people I know, and a big BR fan.

Ridgeway Baptist Church

525 Old Us 19 23 Hwy, Candler, North Carolina 28715-8317

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I hope you can make these good ones!photo (1)


Video Premiers Today!

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Tim Surrett


Arden, NC — Monday, July 15th marks the exclusive video premiere of “Papertown” from the five outstanding artists who comprise the award-winning band Balsam Range.
The video was produced and directed by Kim White of ViewFinders, Inc. and includes a spectacular array of historic images along with performance footage. The resulting video is as captivating as the song that inspired it, one that tells the story of Canton, NC, honors the 100 year history of the paper mill, and features the amazing talent of North Carolina’s own Balsam Range.


“We had an incredible palette for the video,” White says. “With a hundred-year-old story in song, a beautiful mountain town, train tracks, southern charm, Bluegrass instruments and a wildly talented band, it was everything a producer could hope for!”

“Papertown” is the title cut from Balsam Range’s fourth album. PAPERTOWN spent an impressive five consecutive months as the #1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey. Additionally, PAPERTOWN (Mountain Home Music) has produced four #1 singles: “Any Old Road” (Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey), “I Could Do You Some Good” (Bluegrass Today), “Born Ramblin’ Man” (Bluegrass Today), and “Row By Row” (Singing News).

Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends who’ve blended their unique individual experiences and backgrounds to form a distinctive sound. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a lasting mark in the world of Bluegrass and Acoustic music. Together, Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett and Caleb Smith creatively blend Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a compelling new acoustic music experience. The band was honored with the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year Award for “Trains I Missed.”

Country Music Television launched CMT Edge in the summer of 2012. It serves as an online source for music discovery focused on Americana/Roots, Bluegrass and Country acts. Curator for the site is CMT.com writer-producer Craig Shelburne. Fans may enjoy the “Papertown” video on www.CMTEdge.com on July 15th and through other outlets after the daylong CMT Edge exclusive premiere.MH14042


Hoping to make a difference.

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Tim Surrett

We get so many requests to do benefits and charity functions that we don’t know how to do them. I hope you know that we care about every situation that is put before us. We try to contribute in any way possible.
Recently I was approached by my niece Paige, who is a third grade teacher at Clyde Elementary School in Clyde, NC. She told me that the school was trying to figure out a way to help two students suffering with cancer, and could Balsam Range help. We worked on days and schedules, which are nearly impossible to coordinate, and were able to settle on this coming Sunday.

These two children and their families are having a really tough time. One is a third-grader, the other is in kindergarten. Their stories are heartbreaking.

Please come be with us this Sunday afternoon at Haywood Community College at 3PM. It’s just Balsam Range, so we can play whatever we like and whatever you want to hear. ALL proceeds go to these two children.
Check out the concert listing for the details, and help Balsam Range help some precious children. I don’t know that I could deal with a situation like this as well as these people have.

Let’s show them what Balsam Nation is all about!!

Update!! Here is the address to send your donations.
Clyde Elementary
C/O Pam Justice
4182 Old Clyde Rd.
Clyde, NC 28721

Mark your donation for Balsam Range kids.
God bless you all for your willingness to help!


Live at the Altamont: Available Today!

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Tim Surrett

Nothing beats a live show!

People have been asking for a live recording practically since we started this band. We love the interaction with the audience. It’s the best part of playing music. We hope that comes across in this recording.

It was recorded January 18th and 19th at Asheville, NC’s premiere listening venue, the Altamont Theatre. It includes these requested favorites and previously unrecorded songs:

  1. Burning Georgia Down / E.M.D.
  2. Last Train to Kitty Hawk
  3. Jaxon Point
  4. It Takes One to Know One
  5. Julie’s Train
  6. Place No Wreath On My Door
  7. Don’t Mess Around With Jim
  8. Caney Fork River
  9. Summertime
  10. Blue Mountain
  11. Ruby

This live recording is free with your Balsam Nation Membership.

Not a member? Join now! http://balsamnation.com/home/live-concert/

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