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HOME ON THE RANGE: Bluegrass is in the blood for the pickers of N.C. outfit Balsam Range

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Like the men and women who play it, bluegrass is inextricably tied to the land.

The rolling twang of the banjo, the mournful sigh of the fiddle, the high and lonesome call of the mandolin: Together, those instruments make music that celebrates Southern ground. From the toil of plowing rocky fields to the blood spilled in countless battles to the raising of cabins that provide shelter for generations of families, that soil is as much a part of its native sons and daughters as the blood that runs in their veins. And when they play the music that gives it voice, they do so with an authenticity that’s can’t be duplicated.

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