It was 2017 when the paths of CRARY, EVANS & BARNICK intersected; the result was an acoustic power-trio that can only be described as must-hear, must-see. Dan Crary, one of the founding fathers of Bluegrass guitar flatpicking, is a familiar favorite of generations of Walnut Valley fans. He is joined by Bill Evans, one of the most celebrated virtuosos in the history of the banjo, and their soulful-singing partner and bass man, Wally Barnick.
Balsam Range is; Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, octave mandolin, lead vocals, baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone and lead vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead & baritone vocals). The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. 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 Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, the Great Balsam Range.
Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings is an Ozark Mountain Soul/Roots group from the hills of Arkansas. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Opal Agafia, entered the music scene in 2015. Shortly after playing in local joints with various musicians, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, developed into a full 5-6 piece band–fiddle, guitar, telecaster guitar, Dobro, mandolin, drums, and electric bass. Together this band puts on a high energy show while focusing on the words and instrumental combos.