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 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.
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Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes, and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances, and years of national and international touring.
What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe (guitar), Troy Boone (mandolin), and Daniel Greeson (fiddle), and began to record and release albums in earnest. To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with bluegrass in the first place: pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics, as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 3 national projects and currently records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.
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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. In 1985, as a member of The Whites, - along with bandmates Jerry Douglas and Neil Worf - Steve received nominations for Vocal and Instrumental Group of the Year by the Country Music Association. In 1989, as a member of The Osborne Brothers, Steve received a Grammy nomination for his version of "Orange Blossom Special." In 2014, Steve teamed up with Mark Newton and recorded Newton and Thomas' "Reborn" for Pinecastle Records. The album produced several number ones and top ten songs including "Old McDonald Sold The Farm" which made it to the #1 spot on Bluegrass Today's Chart four different times in 2014 and finished fourth for the year.
Along with his band the Time Machine, Steve is now producing his own new blend of traditional bluegrass, country, and blues - a fresh offering built on forty years of experience.