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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:32

Balsam Range receives seven IBMA nominations

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art balsamrangeRenowned Western North Carolina bluegrass/gospel band Balsam Range received seven nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards.


They are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year (Papertown) and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Row By Row”). They have two songs nominated for Song of the Year (“Any Old Road” and “Papertown”). Buddy Melton is nominated for Recorded Event of the Year for his collaboration on “What’ll I Do.”

Balsam Range’s fourth album, Papertown, spent five consecutive months as the #1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey. Additionally, Papertown has produced four #1 singles: “Any Old Road,” “I Could Do You Some Good,” “Born Ramblin’ Man,” and “Row By Row.”

Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends who’ve blended their unique individual experiences and backgrounds to form a distinct sound. Together, Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett and Caleb Smith creatively blend bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a an acoustic music experience. The band was honored with the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year Award for “Trains I Missed.”

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