Award-winning North Carolina bluegrass band Balsam Range returns to Ciener Botanical Garden May 31
(Kernersville, NC) Do you have music-loving friends who vow “no bluegrass, no heavy metal”? Balsam Range, the band even a non-bluegrass fan will love, thrilled a sold out crowd of more than 600 fans at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden last summer, so it is with great pleasure this Kernersville 501c3 announces Balsam Range’s return to the garden’s John & Bobbie Wolfe Concert Series Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.
Balsam Range’s assent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well marked trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. Balsam Range is: Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals). The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. Nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards (Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year) for 2016, Balsam Range is offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of Bluegrass and beyond. On “Mountain Voodoo”, which remained on the Billboard chart for 19 weeks, the quintet cleverly captures traditional yet contemporary sounds. There are fiery instrumental parts alternating with deep heavy ballads, overlaid by the vocal harmonies the group has become known for. Three singles from the album reached the number one spot on the Bluegrass Today Charts including “Blue Collar Dreams” which spent 3 consecutive months at the number one spot.
Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound
of this unique Southern band. It’s five distinct personalities creating one remarkable musical experience.
Concerts on the Lawn are presented in partnership with Sonic Pie Productions. Proceeds benefit the further development of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Concert is rain or shine with large, limited tent coverage – bring a chair or blanket. Food trucks, local beer and wine on site for purchase. Please, no coolers, pets or smoking. Call Ciener Botanical Garden at 336-996-7888 to purchase tickets, $18 advance, $22 day of show, or visit www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org.
For more information about Sonic Pie Productions, visit www.sonicpieproductions.com.