Balsam Range is back with “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel”
“The Girl Who Invented the Wheel” is progressive Bluegrass music with a progressive theme. In a twist on the traditional love ballad, “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel” portrays a different scenario. When a woman leaves the lead character, he isn’t bitter, but in awe of her self-confidence and ability to get out of a situation that isn’t serving her. She’s not dependent on anyone — and he respects her for it.
“‘The Girl Who Invented The Wheel’ is a clever twist of a common song subject in any genre. Lost love, relationship struggles and breakups. The characters in this tale could be anyone but as a listener you quickly develop an understanding that she is a master in the art of deception and heartbreak,” says Buddy Melton, IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year. “A great songwriter and song can pull listeners into the story to the point they feel they are living it. Adam Wright is equally as masterful in creating such engaging lyrics as the characters he has created seem to be.”
The woman’s daring and bravado is matched by the song’s musical attitude. It starts with a bluesy half-time kick and falls into a 4/4 Bluegrass drive before returning to a counter beat.
“It’s a killer song,” says bass player Tim Surrett. “It’s just that girl. To meet her and then be rejected is catastrophic. It’s epic.”
About Balsam Range
Balsam Range, formed in 2007, has become one of the genre’s most award-winning acts in recent years, garnering 10 International Bluegrass Media Association Awards on the heels of six critically-acclaimed albums. The group has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the nation and in multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. Earlier this year, Balsam Range released “Mountain Overture,” a collaboration with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble that debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart at #5 and the Classical Crossover Chart at #6 has stayed on both charts for 5 weeks. Their previous outing, Mountain Voodoo, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart and remained on that chart for 45 weeks. Three singles from that album reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, including “Blue Collar Dreams,” which spent three consecutive months at the top.
About Mountain Home Music Company:
Mountain Home Music Company, a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Adam Steffey, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, John Bowman and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.