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Balsam Range welcomes Jeff Little Trio

Renowned bluegrass group Balsam Range’s “Winter Concert Series” will continue with the Jeff Little Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. 

Balsam Range, winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association award for “Entertainer of the Year,” will perform, with Little opening the show. Much influenced by mountain flat-pick guitar tradition, Little’s style is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is conversant with traditional jazz, old-time, country, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues. 

“We try to get our own musical heroes and influences to the shows,” said Balsam Range mandolinist Darren Nicholson. “We want our hometown folks to enjoy the artists that we admire and who inspire us. Plus, these are guest artists who don’t get to play in this area very often.”

The Balsam Range Winter Concert Series is sponsored by Amy Spivey of ERA Sunburst Realty, The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa, and Smoky Mountain Roasters Coffee.

Tickets are $22.

828.235.2760 or



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