2012 Concert Series
Sunday, August 12, 3:30pm
Balsam Range, The Harris Brothers
Three local & regional bands will perform, featuring headliner Balsam Range from Haywood County, IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominees in 2010 & 2011, and The Harris Brothers from Lenoir, NC.
*Our August concert was a big success! Check out concert photos on our Facebook page.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 3:30pm
Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Town Mountain
Features Town Mountain from Asheville and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass” from Cherryville, NC. Town Mountain has been propelled from the 1st Place Winners of the 2005 RockyGrass Band Contest to 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA. In 2011, the “Sweethearts” were nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year nominees.
About the Bands
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The “Sweethearts of Bluegrass,” known as one of the best duos in acoustic music today, were nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year nominees in 2011. Their 2010 self-titled album propelled Darin and Brooke into the top five on Bluegrass, Americana Roots, and Gospel music charts. In summer 2011, they were the most played bluegrass artists on Sirius/XM radio. In early 2012, Darin & Brook were featured on four TV network shows, including the RFD channel called The Bluegrass Road and Great American Gospel.
Since playing in almost half of the United States on their 2011 tour, fans around the country have fallen in love with the “Sweethearts.” Audiences in every venue have been astonished by the conviction, commitment and depth of their performances. In response to their Gospel recording I’ll Go With You, Bluegrass Unlimited declared they have “set a new standard of excellence in bluegrass gospel.” Married in December 2008, Darin and Brooke make their love and faith in each other and in God a cornerstone of their music, which is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family.
Get ready for hard-drivin’ Appalachian bluegrass from the Carolinas! Town Mountain of Asheville, NC, has been propelled from the 1st Place Winners of the 2005 RockyGrass Band Contest to 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA. The band will release their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, September 4, 2012, produced by Grammy-winner Mike Bub. Their years of touring have created a mature well-traveled sound, a telepathic pickin’ style filled with mesmerizing interplay and intoxicating rhythms that energize every tune. You’ll hear it in lead vocalist Robert Greer’s straightforward and genuine delivery of vocals that bear the burden of life, love, and loss in every lyric.
Town Mountain has collaborated and/or performed with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Larry Keel, David Grisman and The Infamous Stringdusters. “Centered around strong, soulful vocals and poised to stay put. Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways…” says Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Delivering their grass both new and old style, and always contributing to the evolution of the bluegrass form, they toss influences as varied as surf-rock, gospel and country into their field of play. Jim Lauderdale says, “…they get down with heart, grit, soul, and dive! They'll get you moving!”
Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the Bluegrass and Acoustic music world. From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes Balsam Range, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. A talented group of renowned local musicians:
one of the most gifted tenors in bluegrass, has performed regularly with David Holt and Doc Watson
Darren Nicholson, Grammy nominee and multiple IBMA award-winner on mandolin
Marc Pruett, Grammy award-winning banjo player
Caleb Smith, awarded “Male Vocalist of the Year” in the PowerGrass Music Awards
Tim Surrett, earned a place in the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame performing with the Kingsmen Quartet, and earned multiple awards for Gospel Musician of the Year
• IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominees in 2010 & 2011
• IBMA Album of the Year nominee - 2011
• 2011 IBMA Song of the Year - “Trains I Missed”
The Harris Brothers are songsters, drawing from a vast repertoire of American traditional music, or Americana. They adeptly mix blues with traditional Appalachian music, jazz, country, bluegrass and rock n’ roll—it’s stripped down, intense and real. Grammy Award-winner David Holt says: “The Harris Brothers are one of my favorite groups. Great playing, singing and soul. It just doesn't get any better than this.”
The Harris Brothers have performed at the Blue Ridge Music Center and festivals like MerleFest, Hickory Fest and Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival. The brothers have shared the stage with such accomplished musicians as Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, David Holt, Peter Rowan, David Grisman and Laura Boosinger, to name just a few. With the musicians' showmanship, diverse repertoire and ability to improvise, no two shows are ever the same.
TICKETS: Buy concert tickets in our online store, by phone at (800) 277-9611, at the Ticket Plaza or at Music City Asheville.
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For more music and Park events, go to our 2012 Events Calendar.