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Trains I missed

So glad I didn't miss this one. Great album. Cover song should win song of the year undisputed.

Truly special!!

This morning while driving to work between Golden and Boulder, CO, I heard Balsam Range on XM's Bluegrass Junction. This was the first I had hear of them. It was one of those rare, "GOTTA HAVE THE ALBUM!!!" moments. I downloaded it at work, and I'm so glad I did. This is such an amazing group. There is so much HEART in their music. I've had that experience a few times, such as with Pat Metheny's First Circle, and a set of recordings of Dvorak Symphonies by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony. Balsam Range is in that category for me, and I think any lover of amazing music will just love this album.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a-gonna download "Last Train to Kitty Hawk", and I can't wait for Paper Town to come out in a couple of weeks!!

Amazing musicality

I want to publish this review over for each BR album- they are an incredible set of musicians. Pull apart their music and you'll find incredible things. For example, the song "Hard Price to Pay" - note how it has a slightly errie sound at the start? It's not a bright A major, but it's not a dark A minor. Why? Because it's not in any key (yet) - they are playing only the 1st and 5th tone in the chord, which is the same for both major and minor- it isn't until they drop in the F#minor chord that we get assurnace that they are playing A major (funny how they use a minor chord to do that). THEN they switch us to D major for the chorus so that they can feature the G major chord, the flat 7 of A major. It's crazy music theory, but it works seamlessly - and it's not just random. They do things like this often in their music- they are well trained in music theory and are pushing the bounds of "normal" bluegrass. Very, very interesting music.


Formed: 2007 in Haywood County, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bluegrass and acoustic music group Balsam Range were founded in 2007 in Haywood County, North Carolina. Featuring many notable players, the band went on to receive multiple awards and honors. Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals) was a member of Jubal Foster and had previously performed with David Holt and Doc Watson; Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone, and lead vocals) performed with the gospel group the Kingsmen Quartet, Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, and Brad Paisley, and has a place in the...
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