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February 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Balsam Range, a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina, will make for an enjoyable concert of bluegrass music. Tim Surrett delivers entertaining performance as the seasoned lead, also performing on bass and occasionally on resonator guitar. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give Balsam Range its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolin players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Nicholson’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and complement the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass, country and gospel, and swing and old-time. He adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band, Balsam Range.