BALSAM RANGE, “Trains I Missed,” Mountain Home Music. 12 tracks

“Trains I Missed,” the third album in the last four years by this North Carolina-based band, should make several “Ten Best” lists this year.

The band melds country, gospel, bluegrass and old English ballads into a sound that is both traditional and contemporary.

 Having four lead singers — and two writers on this project — shows the band’s depth.

The title cut is about a man who has made mistakes, but has finally found his way in life.

Caleb Smith, the band’s guitarist, wrote and sings lead on “The Touch,” a great new gospel song. He also sings lead on “Hard Price To Pay,” a tale of a moonshiner wasting away in prison.

“Gonna Be Movin’ ” features a strong gospel quartet sound with Tim Surrett, the bass player, singing lead.

“Meanwhile,” which features mandolin player Darren Nicholson on lead, is a good ballad about a woman out on the town and a man sitting home and missing her.

Buddy Melton, the fiddle player, sings lead on “On The Run,” an uptempo song about a man who murders his cheating wife and her lover.

Marc Pruett, the banjo player, wrote “Heart That Won’t Stop Lovin’ You.”

A strong album by a band that just keeps getting better.

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