Balsam Range is an American bluegrass band that is a two-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Entertainer of the Year Award. Founded in 2007 in Haywood County, North Carolina, the band has five members: Darren Nicholson (mandolin and vocals), Buddy Melton (fiddle, vocals), Tim Surrett (upright bass, dobro, vocals), Marc Pruett (banjo) and Caleb Smith (guitar, vocals).
Marc Pruett, who has worked extensively with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, is a Grammy Award-winning banjoist, and he has an honorary doctorate for his contributions to bluegrass from Western Carolina University.
Buddy Melton (fiddle, vocals) performed with the late Doc Watson and won the honor of Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 IBMA Awards.
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