Balsam Range

The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina. They thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county of Haywood, NC where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, the Great Balsam Range. The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 IBMA awards on the heels of 8 critically-acclaimed albums.

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Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line has never been shy about crossing borders. Birthed from country rockers Stillhouse in 1999, the Raleigh, NC-based quartet initially referred to its sound as new traditional, “We were in love with bluegrass, so we wanted to play bluegrass without really being trained in it,” Chatham County Line’s vocalist/guitarist Dave Wilson says. The group used the term “guerrilla bluegrass” to describe themselves in those early years, mainly because they had such a mobile form of playing. The band’s name comes from one of their very first practices when the then unnamed group got lost on the road. “We crossed the Chatham County line, and we never looked back,” Wilson says. “Just saw the sign, and said that’d be a good idea for a name, and the next thing you know….”

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Laurelyn Dossett

Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes right here in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of our region, both traditional and contemporary. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she has toured with Rhiannon Giddens, folk legend Alice Gerrard and composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. She premiered composer Kenneth Frazelle’s song cycle, Songs in the Rear View Mirror, and has toured with the North Carolina Symphony. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and at various music festivals with Polecat Creek, a band she co-founded with Kari Sickenberger.

One of Laurelynn's most exciting projects has been her partnership with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on six plays featuring regional folklore and original music: Brother Wolf (2006), Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2006), Bloody Blackbeard (2008) Providence Gap (2010,) Snow Queen (2013) and Radiunt Abundunt (2016). In addition, her song “Leaving Eden” is the title track of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Grammy-nominated release.

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Despite the fantastic combination of raw talent that will grace the stage at LandJam this year, it's the very important cause that will be the central focus. Piedmont Land Conservancy has helped to preserve over 30,000 acres of land in the Piedmont Triad, and with the help of members, donors, landowners, and events such as LandJam, are well on their way to preserving 30,000 more.

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