Balsam Range’s ‘Kinetic Tone’ Is Pitch Perfect

New album Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Bluegrass A-listers Balsam Range

New Album ‘ Kinetic Tone’

Out 1 December, 2023

After some fifteen years of music-making with its original lineup, North Carolina’s Balsam Range has had to adapt to the departure of Darren Nicholson. With the upcoming strident and dynamic Kinetic Tone, their tenth collection for Mountain Home Music Company, the group shows a definitive bold push to the future embracing mandolin virtuoso Alan Bibey to the award-winning quintet.

With three of the new songs having already garnered much positive attention on the bluegrass scene, Kinetic Tone will deliver to its many fans on many fronts.

“When Balsam Range went into the studio at the beginning of 2023 to begin this album, it was immediately obvious to everybody present that something was different. A new level of excitement and joy of creating was present. ‘Kinetic Tone’ is a not-so-well-known musical term defining how sounds move from being static to changing tone by the application of ENERGY. Could be a voice. Could be a guitar. Could be voices and instruments acting in concert. We would argue that it can also be a shared mindset of a musical group.”

liner notes to Kinetic Tone

Kinetic Tone is an ample demonstration that Balsam Range continues their renowned mix of smooth and hard grooves and sweet harmonies, but also adds a new edge to their lyrics which is evident in songs like We’ll All Drink Money”.

Change IS good.

About Balsam Range

Band members are Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals), Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals) and Alan Bibey (mandolin).

IBMA Awards

  • Vocal Group of the Year 2014 and 2015
  • Song of the Year 2011, 2015 and 2021
  • Entertainer of the Year 2014 and 2018
  • Album of the Year 2013 and 2017
  • Male Vocalist of the Year Buddy Melton 2014 and 2018
  • Bass Player of the Year Tim Surrett 2018




More Music Adventures Await!

New album Balsam Range


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Author: Rob Dickens

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