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Darren Nicholson is a bluegrass and Americana musician based in Haywood County in the mountains of western North Carolina. A GRAMMY®-nominee and recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Darren has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC, and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks. Darren is also renowned as a solo artist, session musician, and songwriter. After concluding a 15-year tenure as a founding member of award-winning bluegrass quintet, Balsam Range, Darren is taking the next step forward and releasing music of his own.

“Darren Nicholson’s music put our wedding over the top. We see the pictures of attendees dancing and laughing and it was a beautiful wedding. But all these years later people still talk about the amazing musical experience with Darren and his band. You can have a party but you cannot have a REAL party without live music!”

- Joseph and Nikki Owens (Waynesville North Carolina)

Planning a wedding? Darren Nicholson would love to play for you!


Darren's original brand of mountain music offers a unique and memorable experience for your guests. With its roots in American folk tradition, bluegrass music brings a warm and lively atmosphere that can easily be tailored to both intimate and larger celebrations. With guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and more, Darren's music creates an inviting and upbeat ambiance, ideal for entertaining guests of all ages. Darren offers a versatile repertoire, able to shift seamlessly from soothing ballads perfect for ceremonies, to spirited, danceable tunes ideal for receptions. Darren and his band perform in a variety of configurations, ensuring that they'll fit perfectly into your special day. 

“Having the Darren Nicholson Band play at our wedding brought the entire day and moment together.  Darren understood the importance of what that day meant to our family, and he and the guys went above and beyond to entertain everyone involved!” 

- Blake Shuler


  • Rehearsal Dinner

  • Ceremony

  • Reception


  • Duo (guitar + mandolin plus one other instrumentalist/vocalist)

  • Trio (guitar + mandolin, bass, and light percussion)

  • Full band (guitar + mandolin, bass, light percussion, & one other instrumentalist)


For an additional fee, we can also provide the following:

  • Guest vocalist

  • Fiddler

  • DJ

Contact us today for a personalized quote!


Or use the contact form here

We are excited to collaborate with you and ensure your day is truly unforgettable!

"We would go anywhere to listen to this band again." 

-Heather Berger, bride

"There have been over 200 weddings on the farm and this has been one of the best. The band was great."

-Doug Herne, Red Barn Events owner

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