Balsam Range Standing Tall

Balsan-RangeBalsam Range Standing Tall
By Bill Conger

Like the majestic mountains for which the band derived its name, Balsam Range is standing tall and proud. After an incredible 2013, the band’s bucket list isn’t as long. The group lived one dream when it debuted on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in March. Last year, they also hooked up with John Driskell Hopkins, bass player/singer from the hot country Zac Brown Band that propelled their music to new audiences. Then, there was the tremendous response of radio, fans, and the bluegrass music industry to their IBMA Album Of The Year, Papertown.   “Nobody’s more surprised when things go this well than I am,” Tim Surrett said with a chuckle. “We’ve tried our best to make good records, and we have good friends in radio who have been super kind to us, and I think that’s been huge. From the first day our first record came out, it was all over everywhere.”

The quintet is made up of Surrett, the entertaining MC, singer, upright bassist, and occasional resonator guitarist. He has performed and recorded with a string of bluegrass luminaries such as Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Osborne, Larry Sparks, Ronnie Bowman, Rhonda Vincent, and country stars Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban. He was a star in his own right for years in the gospel music business, including a ten-year stint with The Kingsmen. Surrett is a member of the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame and a two-time Favorite Southern Gospel Musician in the Singing News Fan Awards. Read entire article »

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