The Darren Nicholson Band will bring its unique blend of Americana music to the Concerts on the Creek stage on Friday, July 7 from 7-9 p.m.
Nicholson is a Jackson County native and founding member of the nationally-known, award-winning WNC bluegrass group Balsam Range. He is a Grammy award nominee (2006) and a recipient of seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards with Balsam Range including Vocal Group of the Year (2015), Song of the Year (2015), Entertainer of the Year (2014), Vocal Group of the Year (2014), Album of the Year (2013), Song of the Year (2011), and Album of the Year (2006, with the Alecia Nugent Band). He has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks. Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range and with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year. He’s proud to have taken his blend of Country, Bluegrass, Americana to 49 states, as well as across Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Australia, and all over Europe.
Though Nicholson (mandolin/guitar/vocals) is still a full-time member of Balsam Range, he joins Kevin Sluder (bass/vocals) and Griff Martin (guitar/vocals) to form the Darren Nicholson Band during his free time off the road with Balsam Range. For this show, the band will be joined by very special guest Tony Creasman on drums. Creasman has performed on recordings for such artists as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, Glen Campbell, Tony Rice, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush and Alison Krauss, just to name a few.
If you like fun, high-energy music with a groove, soaring trio singing, world-class pickin’, and great songs…this is the band for you!
Nicholson released his second solo CD “Things Left Undone,” in 2014, which was well-received nationally and had several songs from the recording climb the bluegrass charts.
Concerts on the Creek are held every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 7-9 p.m., at the Bridge Park gazebo stage in Sylva.
The Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series.
These events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Bring a chair or blanket.
Concerts on the Creek is a Blue Ridge Music Trail partner.
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