Darren Nicholson is a country, bluegrass, and Americana musician based in Western North Carolina. He is a Grammy nominee and recipient of numerous prestigious awards in the music industry, including 11 International Bluegrass Music Association awards. He has appeared countless times on WSM's Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, with legendary artists, and at many of the world's most famous venues, and has recorded on dozens of national number 1 hits. Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range and The Darren Nicholson Band.
East of Monroe
East of Monroe performs a unique blend of original Americana music, featuring tight vocal harmonies and elegant instrumental arrangements that incorporate elements of country, blues, and swing. The band members, having performed with several national acts, come from a variety of musical backgrounds, which accounts for the many styles of music they play. East of Monroe features the award-winning songwriting of Gary Alan Ferguson, the winner of the 2015 DCBU Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest and a finalist in the 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest. Gary's songs have also been selected twice for the International Bluegrass Music Association's songwriter showcase. Their debut album, By the River's Edge, received radio airplay all over the world, and East of Monroe has performed at many respected venues and festivals throughout the East Coast, as well as a packed tour of Ireland in 2018.
Lonesome River Band
Since its formation over 37 years ago, the award-winning Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.
Steve Thomas & the Time Machine
Steven Crawford Thomas is a Nashville-based entertainer: a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Steve is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, proficient on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, as well as bass and banjo. Steve started his professional career in 1982 playing the fiddle for Del McCoury; over the next three decades, he worked with a "who's who" of Nashville's greats. Here's the short list: The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, The Whites, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack, and Lorrie Morgan.
Along with his new band the Time Machine, Steve is now producing his own blend of traditional bluegrass, country, and blues - a fresh offering built on forty years of experience. Their debut album, All of These Years, is available now on Bonfire Recording Co.