Hopkins and Balsam Range on the Opry

John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range on the Opry (3/8/13) - © Grand Ole Opry, photo by Chris HolloThis past Friday on The Grand Ole Opry, Balsam Range performed with John Driskell Hopkins to promote Daylight, the album they recorded together last year.

Hopkins has made his living in music for some time, as both a side man and songwriter, and is in the public eye these days as bass player with the red-hot Zac Brown Band. Daylight puts him in the spotlight as lead vocalist. Though he had graced the Opry stage many times in the past, he tells us that this time was something special.

John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range on the Opry (3/8/13) - © Grand Ole Opry, photo by Chris Hollo“Playing the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come true. We are so honored to be a part of such a rich musical heritage and such a vibrant musical future. It was truly one of the best nights of my life.

Balsam Range is an absolute joy to play with. Their professionalism is amazing and their talent is world class. They have become good friends that I hope to be able to make music with for many many years to come.”

Darren Nicholson with Balsam Range echoed those sentiments.

Darren Nicholson on the Grand Ole Opry (3/8/13) with John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range - photo by Roy Swann“It was simply amazing to play the Grand Ole Opry again!! And this time it was extra special to do it with John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range. To get to play music on that stage with your band and your music you believe in so much is incredible.

So proud of our collaborative effort, Daylight, with John and Balsam Range. It’s exhilarating to see what we’ve created recognized and supported by Country Music’s greatest stage, The Grand Ole Opry.”

Thanks to Grand Ole Opry photographer Chris Hollo and our own Roy Swann for sharing these images from Friday night’s show.


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