The Jumpsteady Boys were formed in 2011 to represent the American string band tradition at the Australian National Folk Festival. Featuring Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Mike Compton and Joe Newberry the all star group epitomizes the growing “global folk” music movement. Whether playing a blistering fiddle tune, singing and a cappella ballad or showcasing an original song, the Jumpsteady Boys are four of the most respected players of traditional music in the international roots scene today.
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.