One of the bluegrass genre's most award-winning acts Balsam Range will be releasing their brand new album Moxie and Mettle on September 17. The new album includes the band's four recent #1 songs, "Highway Side," "Richest Man," "Santa Barbara," and "Grit and Grace,"and they are rounded out by a collection of songs that reveal a group at the height of its powers - and one intent on speaking to the broad range of human experience.
Another highlight of the record is the band's rendition of the Gospel classic "His Tomb Is Empty Now." Balsam Range's Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals) reveals why this song is one of his favorites: "'His Tomb Is Empty Now' is a powerful song I recorded over 30 years ago. I've always loved this song and kept it in the back of my mind. We were looking for a gospel song for this album, and this one came back to me. I played it for the guys and they really liked it."
Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals) concurs, "I was a fan of 'His Tomb Is Empty Now' from the moment Tim Surrett pitched it to the band. The meaning and story is the epitome of a great gospel song, and it is sung with conviction and feeling as only Tim Surrett can present within a gospel song performance."
You can listen to the song HERE.
Pre-order, add or save Moxie and Mettle HERE.
About Balsam Range
Balsam Range is 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 & baritone vocals). The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, the Great Balsam Range.
The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre's most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. The band collaborated with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to record 2 albums, the second of which, Mountain Overture, debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart at #5 and the Classical Crossover Chart at #6. Their album Mountain Voodoo, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks.
Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including "Blue Collar Dreams," which spent three consecutive months at the top. After that, their album Aeonic debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and spent 46 total weeks on the chart. The album featured hit songs like "The Girl Who Invented The Wheel," "Get Me Gone" and "Angel Too Soon." The band most recently claimed the #1 radio chart spots with their singles, "Richest Man," "Grit and Grace," "Rivers, Rains and Runaway Trains," and "Santa Barbara." In addition to winning Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton won IBMA's Male Vocalist of the Year and bass player Tim Surrett won IBMA's Bass Player of the Year in 2018