IBMA Award Winning Band

Collage of Balsam Range Band Members performing on stage
Photos by Vicki Dameron

The first time Balsam Range won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Entertainer Of The Year back in 2014, bassist Tim Surrett recalled how someone came up to the band and asked, “How's it feel to be the best bluegrass band in the world?” It was a question they were not quite ready for, as Tim went on to say, “all of us just started laughing.

Musicians posing and playing music in studio
Vicki Dameron

Host Kim Clark says we have fantastic harmonies in store for us on this week's show! Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wiles were singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at camp in Maine. Lula Wiles came of age in Boston, in the practice rooms of Berklee College of Music and the city’s lively roots scene. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Band members playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

"Trout Steak Revival is based out of Denver, with members from their home state as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and New York," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick. "They formed in 2008 and have won several prestigious awards, including an Emmy for their soundtrack to a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, as well as having been nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association."