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Arts & Entertainment Shawn Camp and Balsam Range coming to Highlands Thursday, Nov. 29

Balsam RangeA group of Americana and roots music superstars are coming to Highlands on Thursday, Nov. 29, for a rare performance at 7:30 p.m.

Balsam Range and Shawn Camp are coming to the non-profit Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, and planning a great night and a huge variety of music from the genre’s best.

Camp is a world-renowned musician, performer, and singing and songwriting legend, who has most likely solidified his role as a future Country Music Hall of Famer. Camp will be accompanied by some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Larry Atamanuik (Alison Krauss), Mike Bub (five-time IBMA bass player of the year), and the phenomenal Guthrie Trapp on guitar.

Some careers can be described with a couple of words, but Camp’s isn’t one of them. A bold and distinctive singer, Camp has provided material for artists ranging from George Strait and Garth Brooks to Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs. Camp is a multi-instrumentalist who has played with everyone from Alan Jackson to the Osborne Brothers. His music sprawls across the lines of mainstream country, Americana and bluegrass—and even though his songs have been recorded by popular mainstream artists, all of his solo projects make the case that no one can do them better.

Balsam Range is a group of Appalachian musicians who have common respect for and love of American acoustic music. There are Grammy and award-winning musicians in this band, and the members each have long track records as credible, national performers; including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

The group is known for creatively blending bluegrass, folk, gospel, and jazz, into a new American acoustic music experience. They were recently given the “keys to the city” in Canton, where they were honored with an official declaration of “Balsam Range Day” in their home county of Haywood. They were acknowledged for positive community impact and their new release “Papertown.” The title track is about the WNC town and industry.

Mandolin player and vocalist Darren Nicholson is a native of Tuckasegee and many of the band members have close ties to Jackson County.

The band has produced six national No. 1 songs and more than a dozen topten songs and the No. 1 album. They’re also recent IBMA nominees in three categories and earned the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year award for “Trains I Missed.”

As of October 2012, they’ve also been voted Best Old-Time/Bluegrass Band of 2012 in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress Newspaper, and recently finished a collaborative album with John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band bassist/vocalist) featuring special guests, Zac Brown, and Joey+Rory, and Jerry Douglas.

Tickets for the show are $25 and available at the box office by calling (828)526-9047.

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