Balsam Range is currently touring in support of Mountain Voodoo, their sixth studio album, on Mountain Home Music Company. With it, they are offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of bluegrass and beyond with elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music that are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. It’s five distinct personalities creating one remarkable musical experience.
Mountain Voodoo [Released 11/11/17] is like the book of life “Chapter Six” for Balsam Range; 13-tracks filled with songs of journey, home, sense of place, hardcore drive, and longing. There are fiery instrumental parts alternating with heavy, deep ballads overlaid by the vocal harmonies the group has become known for.
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, who are celebrating their 10th year together this March, are all acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.
What Folks Are Saying
“Fans who grew up in a small town will find plenty to relate to in ‘Eldorado Blue,’ a song that explores the dilemma of whether or not you even want to spread your wings and leave home. Balsam Range describe the song as ‘a story of finding oneself and recognizing contentment in life is something we can all stand to do.’” –Amy McCarthy for The Boot’s World Premiere of the Music Video for “Eldorado Blue”
“So consistently impressive that we no longer expect their albums to be ‘better than their last,’ in less than a decade Balsam Range has hit the plateau of excellence few groups achieve. Like The Del McCoury Band, Blue Highway, and Alison Krauss & Union Station before them, a new release from Balsam Range is measured against their individual legacy. Mountain Voodoo lacks nothing.” –Country Standard Time, Donald Teplyske’s Favorite Bluegrass Albums of 2016
“Already accomplished musicians, in a decade they’ve won ten IBMA awards (International Bluegrass Music Association) released five albums, toured nationally, made multiple Grand Ole Opry stops and, in general, have become icons in the world of professional bluegrass. The fellas can both sing and pick.” –Asheville Citizen Times, Carol Rifkin
“These guys just keep getting better. How good is this one? There’s a potential song of the year here…
the laurels go to Aaron Bibelhauser’s ‘Blue Collar Dreams’, an anthem for working stiffs everywhere
that’s been dominating the charts. The song has quite a pedigree.” –Bluegrass Today, David Morris’ Top Albums of the 2016
“Its theme – pride of place and trying to make it in a small town – is visited throughout Mountain Voodoo.
The material comes mostly from top bluegrass songwriters, especially band friend Milan Miller,
who contributed the swinging honky tonker ‘Hello Heartache.’” –Stream WMOT Roots Radio’s 90 Second Spin with Craig Havighurst
“The men of the Range continue to make some of the best music in the industry. This is a fitting follow up to Five, which is a LARGE statement. I expect some of the CD to do well through the first qtr/half of 2017.” –Flashpoint Bluegrass Radio, Jeff Miller’s 2016 Bluegrass CDs to Remember
“Stepping over boundaries seems to be a part of Balsam Range’s DNA.” –Greensboro News & Record, Grant Brit
“They’re groovy. Balsam Range reminds us that bluegrass can be dancing music, hip-swinging music,
backbeat music, as rhythmically hypnotic as all the plugged-in genres that formed in its wake.
‘It’s hillbilly soul!’ says mandolin player Darren Nicholson.’” –The Bluegrass Situation, Joseph Terrell
“The voices are crucial… Think Seldom Scene and Doyle Lawson. Think harmonies sung by angels.
Think harmonies stacked to the ceiling. There isn’t anything like it, or as some of my friends would say,
‘There ain’t nothin’ lak it.’” –No Depression, Frank Gutch Jr.
“Some of the best vocal harmonies I can recall in quite some time… Bluegrass aficionado or not,
you absolutely need to hear Balsam Range.” –Elmore Magazine, Jim Hynes