Inspired by the legends of bluegrass with subtle influence from new grass sounds of today, Porcupine Creek is made up of young talented musicians from throughout the northern half of Minnesota. The band covers bluegrass and gospel favorites and mixes in a few original songs to please crowds of all ages.
The members of Porcupine Creek were connected and nurtured through the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Music Academy Through the Academy, students learn about jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up, how to take a lead break, plus singing lead and harmony vocals. The next gathering of the Academy will happen starting Friday, March 4 2016 as a part of MBOTMA’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend. Pioneer Public TV is giving away two tickets to the Winter Bluegrass Weekend through a special Facebook Drawing. Everyone who likes Pioneer’s Facebook Page and who shares our post will be entered into the drawing for the tickets ($50 value). For more information, see this link
Balsam Range is a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range. Adding to an already impressive list of awards and honors, the band received numerous top honors in the 2014 IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Balsam Range was also honored at Vocal Group of the Year. Buddy Melton was named Male Vocalist of the Year, and Tim Surrett received a Mentor Award.