Quick Facts

  • Proudly endorses Sorensen String Instruments ("The Big Dog" Octave Mandolin)
  • Grammy Nomination (2006)
  • 7 Time IBMA Award Recipient
  • Proudly endorses Clark and Metcalfe Mandolins
  • Performed as part of Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music Festival plus collaborative recordings
  • Appeared with Merle Haggard
  • Performed numerous times at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium
  • Proudly endorses GHS Strings
  • JBovier Acoustic Stringed instruments produce the Darren Nicholson Model mandolin A5-X

2018 Is Feeling Really Good!!

The last week of September is a big week!

Balsam Range heads to Raleigh North Carolina for the International Bluegrass Music Association's "World of Bluegrass". Thanks to all of you for nominating us for 4 awards this year! We are honored by your strong support for what we do. We are especially honored that you have nominated us for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.

Also, my third solo project, "Fret A Spell," a hard-core, old style Bluegrass mandolin instrumental record, is finished! I just received the hard copies last Friday so they are "hot off the press." I will be bringing copies to IBMA.

The project captures the "aggressive" style of Bluegrass that I love to play as well as some slower-paced favorites. It also includes one original tune that I wrote, "Crow on a Wire." My friends who joined me are some of the best musicans I know ... and I am very proud of the results! Musicans include: Andy Hall (dobro), Hunter Berry (fiddle), Steve Lewis (guitar), Jason Moore (bass), Marc Pruett (banjo) and myself on mandolin. Also joining me are special guests Charles Wood (banjo) and Taylor Nicholson (bass).

This project is one of two that I had hoped to complete this year. In addition to "Fret A Spell," I am planning an electric country album. I thought I would do the country record first but when my friend and mentor, Steve Sutton, passed suddenly last year I started focusing on the bluegrass album.

I can't wait for you to hear this new CD! Be on the lookout for this new recording at IBMA and other events I play. You can check my tour schedules with Balsam Range and the Darren Nicholson Band in the upcoming months.

Love to see you soon!