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Arts & Entertainment Bluegrass bands take the stage at Smoky Center April 4 in Franklin

Balsam RangeBluegrass bands, Balsam Range and The Boxcars, will perform on Friday, April 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 each.

Balsam Range is a group of five musicians and singers from Haywood County, who has won multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, the latest being the 2013 Album of the Year for their album, “Papertown.” They have had seven national number one hits including, “Last Train to Kitty Hawk,” “Caney Fork River,” “Trains I Missed,” “Gonna Be Movin’,” “Row by Row,” “Could Do You Some Good,” and “Any Old Road.” They were the first band asked to play at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and were part of the 2012 Zac Brown Band Southern Gospel Music Festival lineup.

Members of Balsam Range are Buddy Melton on guitar and lead vocals; Tim Surrett on bass, occasional resonator guitar, and vocals; Marc Pruett on banjo; Caleb Smith on guitar and vocals; and Darren Nicholson on mandolin and vocals.

The BoxcarsThe Boxcars have played and toured with bluegrass greats such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Blue Moon Rising, and The Isaacs. The group has won several International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including the Instrumental Group of the Year which they have won three years in a row. They were also just recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Members of The Boxcars include Adam Steffey on mandolin; Ron Stewart on banjo; John R. Bowman on fiddle; Keith Garrett on guitar; and Harold Nixon on bass. Both Bowman and Garrett are outstanding vocalists that blend seamlessly with Steffey’s distinctive vocal style. Some of their hits include, “It’s Just a Road,” “You Took all the Ramblin,” and “Jumpin’ the Track.”

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call 866.273.4615.


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