Balsam Range to play Kiwanis Kapers

Balsam Range will play the annual Morristown Kiwanis Kapers concert.

The bluegrass sounds of the western North Carolina mountains will be ringing in Morristown this spring as Balsam Range plays the annual Morristown Kiwanis Kapers concert.

“We are pumped,” said Adam Ivy, of Kiwanis Kapers. “I tell you what, I think the response I’ve spoken to with individuals in the community is unreal. We are very fortunate to have such a group as Balsam Range coming to Morristown.”

The annual concert will be held 3 p.m., April 5 in the gymnasium of Morristown-Hamblen High School West and tickets are on sale now.

Balsam Range follows Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, who performed at last year’s show.

The five-man group is based in Haywood, North Carolina and gets its name from a range of the Blue Ridge Mountains that flows through Haywood County.

Balsam Range consists of Buddy Melton on fiddle, lead and tenor vocals; Darren Nicholson on mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals; Dr. Marc Pruett playing the banjo; Tim Surrett on bass, Dobro, baritone and lead vocals; and Caleb Smith on guitar, lead and baritone vocals.

The group won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 2018 and has become one of the most award winning acts in bluegrass at this time.

The band formed in 2007 and has garnered a total of 13 IBMA awards since then, while releasing eight albums.

Balsam Range has appeared on the stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry and collaborated twice with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble on two of the group’s albums.

Melton has won vocalist of the year and Surrett has been named bassist of the year by the IMBA.

The group blends a tight blend of vocals and instrumentals to bring forth a tight harmony that blends classic bluegrass with new grass. Melton’s vocals are hard charging and bring both a sound of desperation, but yet also hope.

“The excitement is already there,” Ivy said. “We’ve had many people asking when tickets go on sale.”

Tickets are $20 each and can be found at lakewaytickets.com or can be picked up at the Citizen Tribune.

The Morristown Kiwanis Club is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, civic groups in Morristown and is celebrating 100 years this year. The event is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The Kiwanis Kapers give charitable donations for its Focus on Youth campaign. Beneficiaries of donations include the Boys & Girls Club, HC*EXCELL, Kingswood Academy and a program to buy shoes for children in need.