In just over a decade, Balsam Range has collected armfuls of industry awards, held multiple months at the top of radio charts, recorded and performed with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and headlined an array of eclectic music festivals, all the while maintaining their identity and refining their craft to become one of the most vital artists in the roots genre. On January 4, Balsam Range will be releasing their new album, Aeonic, from Mountain Home Music Company. The album is now available for pre-order HERE and available for radio play through AirPlay Direct HERE.
Premiering exclusively on Hallels, is a brand new song from the new album enitled "Help Me Hold On." To listen to the song, please click here.
Vocalist and fiddle player Buddy Melton who sings lead on the song says, "I have wanted to record this powerful, thought-provoking song for sometime, for it is one of those songs that just makes me want to be a better person. In any given day, if we depart from our own personal interests long enough to look around at those who share this life with us, it's not hard to find someone who has reached the end of their rope. 'Help Me To Hold On' reminds us that life has a way of humbling us all."
"Help Me To Hold On" is a song about desperation, and it's performed that way, with an arrangement that portrays a profound sincerity. Melton's vocal range and controlled power result in a performance that highlights a singer at the top of his game and illustrates why he has been awarded as such.
The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre's most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.
The band collaborated with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to record 2 albums, the second of which, Mountain Overture, debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart at #5 and the Classical Crossover Chart at #6. Their previous outing, Mountain Voodoo, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks. Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including "Blue Collar Dreams," which spent three consecutive months at the top. The band most recently claimed the #1 radio chart spot with their single "The Girl Who Invented The Wheel." In addition to winning Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton won IBMA's Male Vocalist of the Year and bass player Tim Surrett won IBMA's Bass Player of the Year in 2018.