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
Latest News & Ramblings

June 19, 2015, 5:32 am
Two days of Balsam Range, Frank Solivan and more in Haywood County this weekend
PlottFest - a Head Start Benefit Festival, Waynesville, Maggie Valley
June 20-21, 2015. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds ? Maggie Valley NC Gate Opens - 9am Saturday.

June 18, 2015, 10:51 pm
Raleigh is going to be fun this October!!

June 18, 2015, 5:33 pm
I get the privilege every week of doing a radio show with, the lovely and talented, Rhonda Towns
She's an amazing DJ and an amazing talent. Check it out and support what she's doing
I'm all for good people doing good things

Click here to support RT Essence Fest & MegaFest 2015! by Rhonda Towns
$5, $10, $15 Any Amount Is Appreciated!! Dearest Family, Friend, and Fans!!! I am so excited to finally be able to announce that I have officially been cleared to have an exhibit booth at this year?s Essence Festival 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana and most recen...
June 17, 2015, 8:51 pm
"Darren Nicholson and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt, will perform bluegrass music from 4 to 6 p.m July 4th is SYLVA, NC. Nicholson is a Jackson County native, award-winning musician and member of the nationally-known band Balsam Range (2014 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year; 2013 IBMA Album of the Year; 2011 IBMA Song of the Year winners)."

July 4 & Concerts on the Creek - Jackson County Chamber & Visitor Center, NC
[Jackson County Chamber & Visitor Center, Sylva, North Carolina. ocated in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway.]
June 17, 2015, 4:32 pm
Playing the Ugly Dog Pub in Highlands NC tonight w/ Dakota, John Looney and Charles Wood.
7:30pm Free Admission

Gold Rush w/Darren Nicholson of Balsam Range (Clawhammer Banjo/Mandolin)

I had the distinct pleasure of being joined by an amazing picker and dear friend Mr. Darren Nicholson of multiple IBMA award winning band Balsam Range. This ...