Bluegrass Minifest

Three bands in one night!

Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

Balsam Range

Balsam Range’s assent to the top of the bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. The band has been one of the most award-winning artists in bluegrass in recent years, garnering 10 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards with five critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has performed live throughout the country, including multiple Grand Old Opry appearances that have left audiences spellbound.

Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band, and its five distinct personalities create one remarkable musical experience.

Members of Balsam Range are Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals) and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead and baritone vocals). The members named their band after the majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county of Haywood, N.C., where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge.   Read More


Band of Ruhks

Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith made music together in the 1990’s as members of The Lonesome River Band.  Their work was critically acclaimed, and during the apex of the group’s popularity, each of them embarked on their own personal musical journeys that led to new heights and influences. Flash forward to 2010, when these gentlemen reunited for a Lonesome River Band performance and began exploring the possibility of making music together again. Out of this desire, their longstanding friendship and mutual admiration, Band of Ruhks was born.

Their debut album, “Bowman, Rigsby & Smith,” released by 101 Ranch Records, features songs by writers Mark Collie, Chris Stapleton, Harley Allen and Ronnie Bowman himself. The first single, “Coal Mining Man,” was written by Bowman and Mark Collie and features a cameo from the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Other original works by Band of Ruhks have a big bluegrass sound infused with elements of rock, folk and country, which is why their music has mass appeal ranging from the most prolific bluegrass aficionados and country music fans to adult contemporary listeners and all points in between.   Read More




After Jack

Emily, Mary and Rachel met while working as performers in a professional theater company. When forming the band, After Jack, they realized they were merging three unique musical perspectives. Though often labeled “Americana,” their sound, ability to reach the heart of an audience, and the incredible joy that they bring to the stage cannot be adequately captured by one word.

After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Named 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to create their original blend of bluegrass, gospel and folk. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band, top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.  Read More




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