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Listen: Balsam Range on Mountain Stage

Balsam Range were named the 2018 Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range made their first appearance on Mountain Stage last March with songs from their newly released album Aeonic. Our Song of the Week, “If I Needed Someone,” finds the band blending bluegrass with The Beatles, which helps explain why the band was awarded the prestigious “Entertainers of the Year” at the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s awards and honors.


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Gathering for the finale song are members of Yonder Mountain String Band, Balsam Range, Oh Pep!, Le Poules a Colin and Peter Case.

You can hear the entire set from Balsam Range, as well as sets from jam-grass innovators Yonder Mountain String Band, Australian roots-pop group Oh Pep!, plus Quebec’s Les Poules à Colin (now known as Rosier) and alt-folk luminary Peter Case, on this week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage.

Find out where you can listen on one of our NPR stations, and be sure to look for more performances at NPR Music.