Balsam Range

Balsam Range, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith, Tim Surrett

Balsam Range • From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.

Based in Haywood County, North Carolina, Balsam Range consists of five men native to this region "where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge." Bluegrass says a lot of what this band is about, but equally important are the aspects of Gospel and Country Music. All the guys in the band grew up in the rich musical heritage of the Appalachian South, surrounded by culture and heritage steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry… as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, Western songs… and tunes written by the band members themselves.

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It has been said that the loudest word in the world is your name, because it is who you are, it is how you have been identified to the world for the length of time you have had your name, and it is a huge part of your self-perception for your whole life.  A lot of people who live in Western North Carolina claim the antiquated names of the peaks and valleys and the lakes and rivers of this beautiful part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as part of their language in ways that might equate to sharing a warm story with an old friend.

Place-names can create strong mental images and add building blocks of self-identity that give way to a treasured sense of “where I’m from” or “who I really am.”  These feelings of place to which we mountain folk cling help define a majestic home shared by those lucky enough to live here.  And these mountain names often undergo a metamorphosis from the memories of “what I’ve experienced here” to virtually become extensions of ourselves.

Many of the names found on WNC maps are names of people or names taken from some early event that took place here… and some names on the map evoke images of strength and spirituality. These names of ridges and hollers…trout streams and ruby mines…and roads and trails define areas of culture and heritage meaningful to those who cling to treasured memories of time spent growing up or living here.  These mountain places of beauty are reflected within us and have become part of who we are as a people.

Balsam Range, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith, Tim Surrett
Such is the name
BALSAM RANGE to a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina. For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county… where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge… the BALSAM RANGE.

Buddy Melton • Fiddle, Upright Bass, Vocals
Darren Nicholson • Mandolin, Vocals
Marc Pruett • Banjo
Caleb Smith • Guitar, Vocals
Tim Surrett • Bass, Resonator Guitar, Vocals

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