Balsam Range on WNCW

Papertown - Balsam RangeThe Balsam Range guys will stop in to the WNCW studios on Saturday to talk with Dennis Jones about their new release, Papertown.

Dennis is on each Saturday for Goin’ Across The Mountain, which airs in western North Carolina on a number of FM frequencies. He co-hosts with Brad Watson from 11:00 am to 7:00 p.m.

Look for Balsam Range on in the noon hour, where they will talk about the songs that Dennis and Brad will play, Dennis promises to leo get ten to talk about Balsam Nation, their fan club on steroids for serious admirers of their music.

You can catch the show over the airwaves at 99.1 and 100.3 in Charlotte, 92.9 in Boone, 97.3 in Greenville, and 90.9 in Wilkesboro. The signal is also carried live online at

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Dennis Jones

    Thanks John, they always are a great interview. Our 88.7-FM signal covers East Tenn. to beyond Knoxville, South Eastern KY for a smidge, South West VA, all the Up-State of SC, clear down to Athens GA…all of North GA., the Mega markets of Charlotte NC/Gastonia NC/Rock Hill SC and almost to Winston Salem. Three of the Top 100 radio markets in the country. And BTW, the greatest listeners and Bluegrass fans in the world.

  • Dennis Jones

    17,500 watts@6,500′ on Clingman’s Peak, right below the peak of MT. Mitchell, the second highest FM antenna East of the Rockies, Billy Graham’s WMIT’s tower is taller(our landlord and longtime supporters)…that sends Bluegrass a LONG way on 88.7-FM. And then the translators cover some of the shaded spots in downtown areas. The WSIF signal is only 1000watts@-300′, it doesn’t go much further than WCC campus and a few surrounding areas.

  • Dick Bowden

    I sure enjoyed hearing “Papertown” on the radio. I think the only other bluegrass song to mention a paper mill town is the recent one by Del mentioning “the stacks of the paper mills…”.

    I’ve worked in the paper industry for 40 years now, and I worked some in that mill Balsam Range sings about, in Canton NC, in the 80s and 90s. From working in that mill I got to see that BEAUTIFUL country in wild western North Carolina, and I’ve been up to Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    I enjoyed the REALITY of the song (pollution, mergers, downsizing, etc) and I respect the grit of those folks who’ve hung in there through thick and thin. The photos from the CD in this article topped it off.

  • Dick Bowden

    Also, I believe Carl Story worked in that paper mill in the 1930s.