Balsam Range and Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble – Mountain Overture (Mountain Home Music Company, 2018)
Balsam Range, one of the finest acts in the current bluegrass scene, has recreated some of its cherished songs in Mountain Overture. It’s a collaboration with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble (a 14-piece version of the 36-piece Atlanta Pops Orchestra).
The new versions of well-known Balsam Range songs take a different form, mixing the rural mountain music of North Carolina with classical music. It’s a beautiful combination that enriches the band’s sound and gives the songs a new life.
Balsam Range and Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble have performed together in the past two years and showcased the album at major bluegrass events this year.
Mountain Overture is a masterfully sculpted album that brings together traditional and academic music, recreating memorable songs by Balsam Range.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.