The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 14 IBMA awards on the heels of 11 critically-acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry
MereFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winner!
Aaron Burdett is an acclaimed Americana/Bluegrass singer-songwriter and performer from Western North Carolina who is listed as one of the most important western NC musicians by WNC Magazine. His latest 4 single have all made the top 15 radio play charts for Bluegrass and Grassicana music. His latest release, "Dream Rich, Dirt Poor" debuted at #8 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts July, 2021.
Hinkle won the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in 2019
With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Anya Hinkle explores the beauty of song craft through the lens of the Appalachian string band tradition. Originally from the mountains of Virginia, Anya’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world.