Balsam Range: Media Love
Balsam Range — named after a mountain range in their North Carolina home state — recently released its new album, Five, which showcases their rich harmonies and instrumental prowess.
Bill Wagner, Bluegrass Unlimited (September 2014)
The performances and the vocals, particularly the Rodney Crowell-style tenor of Buddy Melton are, as I said, magical. The attention to arrangement details is almost as good. And there are some very good songs here.
The last release from Balsam Range was Papertown in 2012. As good as they are, that’s too long to wait. … The bluegrass genre has been around six decades. The fan base has expanded to include people who enjoy the countrygrass sound and that doesn’t seem to be threatening a loss of the traditional side. Balsam Range is an excellent example of a 21st century bluegrass band and Five is an excellent bluegrass CD.
There’s a rootsy elegance to each of the tracks on FIVE that showcases homespun harmonies and traditional values on tracks like “Chasing Someone Else’s Dreams,” “The Future’s Not What It Used To Be,” and the choice covers of “Matthew” and “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold).” The band’s virtuosity as musicians is showcased on the fine instrumental “Backdraft (You Light It, You Fight It)” and vocal virtuosity on the gospel tune “Stacking Up The Rocks.” … for those of us who dig all the shades of the Country Music coloring book, we’ll certainly want to be adding this album to our collection of albums to listen to over and over again.