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Balsam Range announces line-up for Winter Concert Series

Written by Staff on December 24, 2015 – 12:19 pm -

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

NASHVILLE, TN — Balsam Range, recently named Vocal Group of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has announced a truly great lineup for its 6th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band brings a series of concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theatre.

“Our winter concert series is something we look forward to every year. It’s kind of a gift to our community and a great chance to play with, and share the talents of some of the artists we respect. With everyone’s busy schedules, we don’t normally get to join these guys onstage,” says Balsam Range’s Darren Nicholson.

imageThe opening concert in January will feature Balsam Range in an evening brimming with their many chart-topping hits, and a few surprises. Guests for each of the three subsequent concerts include fan favorites, award winners, and even a couple of Grammy Nominees. The 2016 series will include Bryan Sutton, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley (who are nominated for a Grammy in the Bluegrass Album category), and The Studio Dream Team, comprised of musicians Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman. Concerts are held at the Colonial Theatre in Canton on the first Saturday of each month, January through April 2016. Balsam Range, winner of the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year, and 2015 Vocal Group of the Year, also performs at each show.

Special guest artists are selected by the members of Balsam Range. Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Marc Pruett often use their many hours on the road to share with each other the music of artists they admire.

“It’s great fun to have some of our own musical heroes on these shows,” says Nicholson. “We’re inspired by other artists, so it’s as much fun for us to hear and play with these guys as it is for the audience to hear them.”

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Balsam Range tries also to bring artists to the series who don’t regularly play in the area. Past concerts, which have all been sell-outs, have boasted guests from among the top names in the business as well as fast-rising stars of acoustic music. Guests have included Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, John Wiggins, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Shawn Camp, The Sweet Lowdown, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band and more.


January 2 Balsam Range
February 6 Grammy nominees, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
March 5 Bryan Sutton
April 2 The Studio Dream Team


Balsam Range

In addition to IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Balsam Range was also honored with the Song of the Year award for “Moon Over Memphis” from the album FIVE. The award-winning year for Balsam Range included honors by the House and Senate of the state of North Carolina, as well as the band being inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor presented by the Governor of the State of North Carolina. The band’s schedule included new audiences, including Stagecoach, California’s huge annual country music festival, a testament to the ever-expanding appeal of Balsam Range.

Tickets for the Winter Concert Series are available at The Colonial Theatre box office (53 Park St. Canton, North Carolina 28716) or by calling 828-235-2760. All shows begin at 7:30 PMSaturdays, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Tickets are nonrefundable and date specific.

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Blue Highway Members Nominated for Grammy Award and Four SPBGMA Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 6, 2015 – 7:46 pm -

Blue Highway

Blue Highway

NASHVILLE, TN Highly-esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway and its members are nominated for a total of five awards in two prestigious awards ceremonies this weekend.

Rob Ickes is nominated for a Grammy in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards being held this Sunday, February 8, in Los Angeles.  The Grammy Awards will be aired Live on CBS at 8:00 pm EST/ 7:00 pm CST.  Rob’s collaborative album “Three Bells” with the incomparable Jerry Douglas and the late legendary Mike Auldridge is nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album.   Ickes will attend Sunday’s Grammy Awards with his daughter Janelle.

No less than a legend himself, Ickes is also nominated as Dobro Player of the Year in the 41st Annual SPBGMA Awards being held this Sunday, February 8, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel at 6:30 pm CST.  Ickes currently reigns as the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of IBMA with an impressive 15 Dobro Player of the Year Awards.

An acclaimed vocalist, musician, and songwriter, Tim Stafford is also nominated as SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year, after being named 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year in October in Raleigh.

Blue Highway is nominated in Sunday’s SPBGMA Awards for the prestigious Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall) and Song of the Year for their chart-topping “Remind Me of You.” 

“Remind Me of You” was one of three songs from Blue Highway’s newest #1 album “The Game” to rank in the Top 15 on the 2014 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart released by Bluegrass Today.    Of the top songs receiving the most airplay for the year, Blue Highway’s “The Game” scored high at # 6, with “Talk Is Cheap” at # 11, and “Remind Me of You” at # 14.

Blue Highway has earned 24 collective IBMA Awards, 5 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and two Grammy nominations. As the band embarks on their 20th year of touring in 2015, Blue Highway is just coming off an impressive 7 consecutive months at No. 1 on the National Bluegrass Unlimited album chart with their newest Rounder Records release, “The Game.” The album’s title track also held the No. 1 spot on the National Bluegrass Unlimited song chart for 3 consecutive months from August to October 2014.

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