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Darren Nicholson

  • GRAMMY nominee

  • 13-time International Bluegrass Music Association award winner

  • multiple performances on the Grand Ole Opry

  • a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by North Carolina's governor

  • available for booking in a variety of configurations

  • new album of original music arriving in 2023

            A GRAMMY nominee and winner of 13 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, Darren Nicholson has taken his own brand of mountain music around the world. A regular for years on the Grand Ole Opry out of Nashville Tennessee, and a founding member of acclaimed bluegrass group Balsam Range, Darren now spends his time recording, writing new songs, and performing. You can catch Darren almost every week sharing the music he loves somewhere, traveling both nationally and internationally - as a solo artist, with his own Darren Nicholson Band, or in collaboration with other musicians. With new music on the way, Darren is booking now for the 2023 season and beyond.
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More About Darren

DISCOGRAPHY

Darren is available for booking as a solo/duo act, with the Darren Nicholson Band, and with a special collaboration billed as "An Evening of Bluegrass." 

SOLO/DUO

In addition to performing as a solo artist, Darren is available for a variety of duo options — with his wife, vocalist Jennifer Nicholson, and with highly-regarded bluegrass musicians. Past duo collaborators have included Audie Blaylock, Shawn Lane, Gena Britt, Lyndsay Pruett, and more.

"Darren connects to your heart first, and then he really makes you happy with his music and laughter!"

- Amanda Mosier Bauknight, Dacusville Concert Series

DARREN NICHOLSON BAND

Darren Nicholson Band is a group of Appalachian musicians who have common respect for and love of American acoustic music. They are known for creatively blending bluegrass, folk, gospel, and swing, into a new music experience. 

I have been around world class musicians and concerts since I was a boy, and have promoted concerts and events most of my adult life. I am old enough to have seen the classic artists like Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, the original Seldom Scene, Tony Rice, Doc and Merle Watson,
and New Grass Revival, among scores of others, as well as classic rock groups such as the Rolling Stones, Mountain, The Eagles and too many others to mention, along with new stars of today such as Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson.


Aside from being superb musicians, singers, and songwriters, all of these artists shared (or share) one special trait – the ability to connect with their audiences and make the audiences feel that their songs were written just for them.


No matter the size of the venue or audience – from huge stadium tours to intimate listening rooms – these artists all possess the magical ability to make you feel as if you were the only person there, and that they were performing that song just for you.


Darren Nicholson has this unique ability as well. Combining the instrumental talent to blister anything with strings, along with
incredible vocals and superb songwriting skills, Darren puts the icing on the performance cake with a wicked sense of humor and compelling personality that will bring even the most hardened audience out of their seats.


Not only is he a world class artist, but Darren is genuinely a world class guy, always positive and always helping others. Don’t miss the chance to see this incredible artist perform his musical magic, in person or on a recording—you’ll be glad you did, and you’ll likely make a new friend in the process!

- Bob Plott, Mountain Memories Productions

AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS

Darren Nicholson is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also a Grammy nominee, recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and founding member of Balsam Range – along with banjoist Marc Pruett. Pruett is a Grammy award winner, and received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Western Carolina University in 2010 in recognition of his many achievements as a professional musician.

Audie Blaylock is an American singer, guitarist, mandolinist, and composer in the bluegrass tradition. His music has been featured as the theme song for Travel Channel’s series Backroads Gold, and he is also a Grammy nominee and multiple IBMA Award winner. In addition to touring internationally as bassist with Blaylock’s group, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Reed Jones is a photographer, musical preservationist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and an accomplished writer and songwriter.

So what happens when you put the four of them together? A high-energy, all-star evening of bluegrass!