Since their 2014 twin victories as IBMA’s Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year, Haywood County’s Balsam Range has gained wide-ranging popularity as one of the most exciting bluegrass bands on the circuit. The band is known for its powerful vocals and imaginative original songs. Banjo player Marc Pruett, a North Carolina Heritage Award honoree, exemplifies the instrumental brilliance Balsam Range brings to every show.
- On Saturday, Carolina Lightnin’ plays bluegrass at Pittsboro’s Carolina Brewery and country music’s Junior Brown will honky-tonk Cat’s Cradle, which hosts the Steeldrivers on Sunday.
- MerleFest begins Thursday and continues through Sunday (April 27-30) on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Thursday’s lineup features Mandolin Orange, Del McCoury Band and other acts. For full schedule, go to merlefest.org.