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Dumplin' Up for Delight: Darren Nicholson Band Heats Up DVBF

The crisp valley air, the scent of fresh cut hay, and the sweet, spirited resonance of a mandolin – these are the ingredients for a perfect Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. And this year, folks, the recipe gets even richer with the addition of a true bluegrass legend: the one and only Darren Nicholson Band.


Dumplin Valley Darren Nicholson Band

Where Banjo Strings Meet Mountain Roots:

Darren Nicholson ain't just your average picker. He's a son of the Blue Ridge, born and bred in the fertile soil of bluegrass royalty. His fingers dance on the mandolin like rain drops on a tin roof, weaving tales of love and loss, hardship and hope, all steeped in the rich tradition that courses through his veins. Remember Balsam Range, that powerhouse of bluegrass that took the world by storm? Darren was there, a founding member, his voice and mandolin painting sonic landscapes that resonated with hearts across the globe.


Beyond the Range

But Darren's story doesn't stop with Balsam Range. He's a solo artist now, a storyteller with a million melodies bottled up inside him, waiting to be uncorked. His solo albums are like weathered journals, each song a worn page filled with the wisdom of a life lived on the strings. He's a Grammy nominee, a 13-time IBMA award winner, and a man who's shared the stage with the likes of modern and historic bluegrass legends. But none of that matters when he steps onto the Dumplin Valley stage. Here, he's just Darren, a brother in bluegrass, sharing his talents with his friends.


Those who have, and those who will

Close your eyes and imagine it: the sun dips below the trees, casting long shadows across the farm. The air crackles with anticipation as the first notes of Darren's mandolin slice through the twilight. His band, a seasoned crew of bluegrass veterans, lays down a bedrock of rhythm, while Darren's voice soars, clear and strong. Old-time ballads weave seamlessly with high speed tunes that the heart racing, each song a testament to the enduring spirit of bluegrass. You'll find your groove, sing along till your voice is hoarse, and maybe shed a tear or two, because that's what good bluegrass does – it touches your soul.


Mark Your Calendar

So, if you're looking for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary, that fills your heart with the warmth of a thousand campfires and the joy of a thousand banjos, then mark your calendars, pack your campers, and head to Dumplin Valley this September. The Darren Nicholson Band is coming, and they're bringing the bluegrass spirit with them. Get ready to dumplin' up for a weekend of music, memories, and the kind of good times that only a bluegrass festival can deliver.


Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Community: Darren nicholson band

We feel honored to have Troy and the crew back in 2024. Get to know them, buy there music (it's why they work so hard), and come join us in Kodak. Here's what you can do:

1. Follow the Darren Nicholson Band on social media: Stay up-to-date with the photos, songwriting, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of her musical journey.

2. Join the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Facebook Page: Be a part of our vibrant online community where fellow bluegrass enthusiasts share their love for the genre. Get updates on the festival, interact with fellow fans, and stay in the loop.

3. Reserve Your Campsite for 2024: There's no better way to immerse yourself in the bluegrass experience than by camping at Dumplin Valley. Wake up to the sounds of nature and spend your days surrounded by the music you love.

4. Grab Your Weekend Passes: Don't miss out on a weekend filled with world-class bluegrass performances, camaraderie, and memories that will last a lifetime. Secure your tickets now!

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