Grammy Nominations for 2010: An Americana-ish List

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Dic 3 2009, 15:34

Selected nominations by the Recording Academy. Awards show airs 31 Jan 2010, on CBS.

It's nice to see the Academy recognize Taylor Swift as a "POP" star--Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Good luck to her where she shines. Willie Nelson's American Classic in Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album? Brad Paisley in Best Rock Instrumental Performance? I don't know about that.

Nice to see George Strait with a nod for Twang. Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin for Beautiful World too. T. Bone Burnett get's a nomination for Production on Elvis Costello's Secret, Profane & Sugargane. And Neko Case has a bid for Best Recording Package--a good reason if you did the download thing to go find the real live CD. Look for more specifics below.

Some interesting Categories:

Category 40 - Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Under The (Five) Wire
Alison Brown
Track from: The Company You Keep
[Compass Records]

• The Crystal Merchant
The Greencards
Track from: Fascination
[Sugar Hill Records]

• Mansinneedof
Sarah Jarosz
Track from: Song Up In Her Head
[Sugar Hill Records]

• Producer's Medley
Steve Wariner
Track from: Steve Wariner c.g.p. My Tribute to Chet Atkins
[SelecTone Records]

Field 13 - American Roots
Category 64 - Best Americana Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Together Through Life
Bob Dylan
[Columbia]

Electric Dirt
Levon Helm
[Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records]

Willie And The Wheel
Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
[Bismeaux Records]

Wilco (The Album)
Wilco
[Nonesuch]

Little Honey
Lucinda Williams
[Lost Highway Records]

I've got lots o' commentary brewing on these, but I'd better let it perc a bit. Take the edge off my dismay. the phrase "what the HECK are they thinking" comes to mind....

The established categories seem a bit more, um, stable.

Category 65 - Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Could We Get Any Closer?
Jim Lauderdale
[Sky Crunch Records]

The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
Steve Martin
[Rounder]

Buckaroo Blue Grass
Michael Martin Murphey
[Rural Rhythm Records]

Almost Live
Bryan Sutton And Friends
[Sugar Hill Records]

Destination Life
Rhonda Vincent
[Rounder]

Category 66 - Best Traditional Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

A Stranger Here
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
[ANTI]

Blue Again
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito
[429 Records]

Rough & Tough
John Hammond
[Chesky Records]

Stomp! The Blues Tonight
Duke Robillard
[Stony Plain Records]

• Chicago Blues: A Living History
(Various Artists)
Larry Skoller, producer
[Raisin' Music]

Category 68 - Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Cutting Loose
David Holt & Josh Goforth
[High Windy Audio]

Naked With Friends
Maura O'Connell
[Sugar Hill Records]

Polka Cola: Music That Refreshes
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
[Starr Records]

Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips (That's right, Utah Phillips)
(Various Artists)
Jacqui Morse, Kendall Morse & Dan Schatz, producers
[righteous babe records, inc.]

High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (That's right, Charlie Poole)
Loudon Wainwright III
[2nd Story Sound Records]

Category 69 - Best Contemporary Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Middle Cyclone
Neko Case
[ANTI]

Our Bright Future
Tracy Chapman
[Elektra]

Live
Shawn Colvin
[Nonesuch]

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Elvis Costello
[Hear Music]

Townes
Steve Earle
[New West Records]

At the very end of the list is Category 109-Best Long Form Music Video. Anybody seen this nominee?
• Johnny Cash's America
(Johnny Cash)
Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville,
video producers
[Columbia/Legacy]

http://www.grammy.com/grammy_awards/52nd_show/list.aspx

-jc
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  • jcshepard

    The Country Instrumental and Contemporary Folk looks more like Americana, and the Americana looks more like the old Album Oriented Rock. Not that I don't like any of the nominees. Great to see them get some recognition.

    Dic 4 2009, 18:49
  • jcshepard

    Sometimes I forget that the Big Fish in our Little Pond (e.g. Jeff Tweedy & Wilco) are still Little Fish in the Big Ocean of Popular Music. Gretchen Peters had an interview on Ralph McLean's BBC Radio Ulster show that aired yesterday. She pointed out there's really 2 Nashville's--Music Row's pop stars and "the rest of us". It's nothing new. You would think I'd get over it, but it still ticks me off.

    Dic 5 2009, 15:39
  • Carpetbagger513

    It's nice to see some Americana artists nominated, but the most frustrating thing will be that between singing a song and accepting all of her awards, Taylor Swift will get tons of airtime, while the winner of the best Americana album will get flashed on the screen for 5 seconds while the show goes into the commercial break. If only Lucinda or Willie & The Wheel would get to perform a song, it might make more people aware of this whole genre of music that's flying under the radar.

    Dic 10 2009, 16:11
  • jcshepard

    It looks like the Grammies are going up against the Pro Bowl on TV this year. So, yeah, that pretty much guarantees a ChickPop Fest.

    Gen 26 2010, 15:42
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