This new festival will include outside food trucks, a craft beer garden, and an indoor artisan marketplace. The music starts at 4:00 pm on Friday with a grand finale concert at 8:00 p.m. by the reigning IBMA “Entertainers of the Year” Balsam Range. Event extras include a youth program performance by Scott County JAMS at 6:00 pm.
This festival will take place on the grounds of the lovely Damascus Old Mill Inn adjacent to the scenic mill dam on Laurel Creek. The music will be outdoors under a tent, so bringing a lawn chair or blanket is recommended. A limited number of seats will be provided.
Since their formation in 2007, Balsam Range has been a dominant force in bluegrass music. In addition to numerous IBMA awards including Vocal Group of the Year in 2014, they are the current IBMA Entertainer of the Year. Named for the mountain range surrounding their home area of Haywood County, North Carolina, the band has produced numerous acclaimed albums featuring the mix of traditional stylings and modern sensibilities for which they are known.
Balsam Range features five talented musicians: Buddy Melton (fiddle, and lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, baritone and low tenor vocals), Marc Pruett (banjo), Caleb Smith (guitar, lead and baritone vocals), and Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, baritone, and lead vocals). In a little over a decade, the band has recorded seven albums, and an EP of Christmas music, all for the Mountain Home label. In 2011 Balsam Range won its first International Bluegrass Music Association award—Song of the Year for “Trains I Missed.”
The third album Papertown (2012) topped the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart for 5 months and received the Album of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. In 2014 Balsam Range was honored with major IBMA awards: the band won Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, while Melton was honored as Male Vocalist of the Year. Staying on the bluegrass album chart for 19 weeks and producing three #1 bluegrass singles, the band’s 2016 album Mountain Voodoo was nominated for three IBMA awards. In 2018 the band received its second Entertainer of the Year award from the IBMA. All five musicians in Balsam Range combine their individual talents to create a powerhouse band that offers a heaping helping of instinctively blended vocals, instrumental skills, original songs, and smart choice in covers.

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, VA Dept of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Food City, Virginia Commission for the Arts, David and Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods, LLC., Virginia State Parks and other generous supporters. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at or by calling 276-492-2409.

Directions to this Event

I-81 Exit 19 and follow signs to Damascus.