Smart bets: Balsam Range

Balsam Range “thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains” near the band’s hometown in Haywood County, but the bluegrass ensemble’s reverence for Western North Carolina doesn’t end there. The five-piece will hold a benefit concert for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Veterans Restoration Services, an organization providing housing, food and other services for local veteran families. The fundraiser follows several accolades from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including 2014 Vocal Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year (the latter awarded to fiddler Buddy Melton). Country musician McKayla Reece opens for Balsam Range at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. $25. abccm.org. Photo courtesy of the band

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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