Balsam Range Honored with IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award
Buddy Melton Awarded Male Vocalist of the Year
Tim Surrett Awarded Bass Player of the Year
Raleigh, NCÂ â€“ Balsam Range was honored with the â€œEntertainer of the Yearâ€ Award at the 29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards held in Raleigh last week. The western North Carolina-based group previously won this award in 2014.Â Band memberÂ Buddy MeltonÂ (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals) took home the 2018 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award andÂ Tim Surrett(bass, dobro, baritone & lead vocals) won the Bass Player of the Year Award.Â The award-winning group also featuresDarren Nicholson(mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals),Â Dr. Marc PruettÂ (banjo), andCaleb Smith(guitar, lead & baritone vocals).
Last week, Balsam Range performed as part of “The TRUST” set at The Red Hat Amphitheater which coincided with the new album titledÂ Come See About Me: A Benefit for the IBMA Trust Fund, a collection of songs chosen specifically for this project.
Balsam Range has received over a dozen other International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including the 2017 IBMA Album of the Year Award forMountain Voodooreleased on the Mountain Home Music Company label.
Earlier this year the label released the bandâ€™s latest albumÂ Mountain OvertureÂ that transforms Balsam Rangeâ€™s most-loved songs from their first decade of recordings and features the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble.Â The band also has two new singles: â€œHobo Bluesâ€ and â€œThe Girl That Invented The Wheelâ€ that includes an entertaining musicvideo.
Balsam Range leaves audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues and appearing multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry. Remaining 2018 tour dates include:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Oct 5 â€“ Huck Finn Jubilee, Ontario, CA
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Oct 11 – Music on the Town, Dandridge, TN
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Oct 21 â€“ Festival of Mountain Music, Kiawah Island, SC
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nov 3 â€“ Roy Chapman and Joe Byers Memorial Bluegrass Bash, Rosman, NC
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nov 17 â€“ Historic Earle Theater, Mount Airy, NC
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nov 30 â€“ Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, Lake Junaluska, NC
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