Darren Nicholson is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also a Grammy nominee, recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and founding member of Balsam Range – alongside banjoist Marc Pruett. Pruett is a Grammy award winner, and received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Western Carolina University in 2010 in recognition of his many achievements as a professional musician.
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Darren Nicholson is a bluegrass and Americana musician based in Haywood County, in the mountains of western North Carolina. A Grammy nominee and recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Darren has appeared countless times on the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC, and many other famous venues and networks. Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range, with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year. Darren is also renowned as a solo artist, session musician, and songwriter. His latest album, Man on a Mission, released last fall.
Audie Blaylock is an American singer, guitarist, mandolinist, and composer in the bluegrass tradition. Audie and his band, Blaylock and Redline, has been awarded IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. He has been nominated for both Guitar Player of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Blaylock has had numerous #1 charting singles, and his music has been featured as the theme song for Travel Channel’s series Backroads Gold. He has even been nominated for a Grammy.
Banjoist Marc Pruett is a founding member of Balsam Range, the critically-acclaimed band from Western North Carolina which has been nominated for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Emerging Artist at the IBMA’s. Pruett made his first recording at Bill Monroe‘s festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. Between that time and the present, Pruett has played with a number of bands, including Balsam Range, the Southern Lawmen, The Whites, Rock Springs Reunion, mountain clogging bands, and more. In 2010, he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Western Carolina University in recognition of his many achievements as a professional musician, and in appreciation for his support and love of the traditional culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Reed Jones is a bit of a Renaissance man in today’s bluegrass world. In addition to touring internationally as bassist with Grammy-nominated bandleader, Audie Blaylock and his band Redline, Jones is a photographer, musical preservationist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and an accomplished writer and songwriter. In addition to his association with Blaylock, Jones has played guitar with Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap, with whom he won the 2006 SPBGMA International Band Championship, and worked with other bluegrass acts, including Unlimited Tradition and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.