CD Rated: Balsam Range (Marching Home)

Artist: Balsam Range
Title: Marching Home
4 1/2 Stars

Nutshell Analysis: I wrote a blog entry a few weeks ago about Tim Surrett’s return to bluegrass. Marching Home by Balsam Range isn’t pushing the boundaries of bluegrass music. They dip into the Bill Monroe well more than once for source material. What they are doing, though, is playing incredibly GOOD bluegrass. Fiddle player Buddy Melton sings the melody on most cuts. He sounds like a cross between Vince Gill and John Cowan to me. Upright bass player Tim Surrett and guitarist Caleb Smith also take the spotlight for a couple of songs. As with most bluegrass groups, the lyrical content has a gospel emphasis at times (“I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling” and “Crying Holy To The Lord), but certainly not all the time. Tracks like “The Train’s Ready” and “I’m Just As Wrong” and others are showcases for super fast picking, while slower cuts like “Blue Mountain” provide an excellent contrast to the more energetic fare.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Adam Edwards
    Reply January 10, 16:04 #1 Adam Edwards

    I just got this CD in the mail today and I am blown away by how good it is. Everyone should have this cd in their collection.

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