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Balsam Range Returns to the Studio for 2014 Release

Balsam RangeArden, NC --- Members of the award-winning band, Balsam Range, have been back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on the band’s fifth album on Mountain Home Music. Bass player and vocalist Tim Surrett calls the project the “strongest collection of songs” the band has ever recorded.

“We’ve been blessed to have the great material to work with on every project,” Surrett says, “but I think we all agree that this collection of songs is the strongest yet. We are all fired up about this album!” "We can’t wait to play them live. In fact, we snuck one into the program in Ithaca, NY last week!" says the band.

The new album promises mostly original tunes from some of the finest writers in the genre, including Milan Miller, who has provided tunes for Balsam Range in the past. The band’s own Buddy Melton has contributed at least one original tune to the mix and there may be some familiar standards as well. Fans can expect the new project this summer.

Balsam Range’s previous album, Papertown, was named Best Bluegrass Album of the Year in the 2013 IBMA Awards. Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends with unique experiences and backgrounds that blend together effortlessly to form their distinctive sound. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the Bluegrass and Acoustic music world.

Now meet the band...Balsam Range. To encapsulate, Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing. Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar. His presentations are spontaneous, polished and professional. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give Balsam Range its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass...country and gospel...and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band...Balsam Range.

For more on the band, including upcoming tour dates, visit www.balsamrange.com

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