Nominees in more than 80 categories have been named for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, to be presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Of particular interest to readers of AcousticMusicScene.com are the nominees in the American Roots Music Field. Among them, Sarah Jarosz and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell received nods in two categories.“Wow! So incredibly honored and thrilled to have been nominated for two Grammys tonight,” Jarosz, who records for Sugar Hill Records, posted on Facebook after being named a nominee for Best American Roots Song and Best Folk Album. “I’m beyond ecstatic and also thrilled to be in these categories with some great friends and heroes,” the young musician and singer-songwriter from the Texas Hill Country continued.
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell were nominated for Best American Roots Song for the title track of their Rounder release, Love Has Come for You, which also is in the running for Best Americana Album. Martin previously received a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010 for The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.
Below is a listing of the nominees, by category, in the American Roots Music Field.
Best American Roots Song
“Build Me Up From Bones” – Sarah Jarosz (Sugar Hill Records)
“Invisible” – Steve Earle (New West Records)
“Keep Your Dirty Lights On” – Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott (from Memories and Moments on Full Skies Records)
“Love Has Come For You” – Edie Brickell & Steve Martin (from Love Has Come for You on Rounder)
“Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed” – Allen Toussaint (from Songbook on Rounder)
Best Americana Album
Old Yellow Moon – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Nonesuch Records)
Love Has Come For You – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (Rounder)
Buddy and Jim – Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale (New West Records)
One True Vine – Mavis Staples (Anti Records)
Songbook – Allen Toussaint (Rounder)
Best Bluegrass Album
It’s Just A Road – The Boxcars (Mountain Home Music Company)
Brothers of the Highway – Dailey & Vincent (Rounder)
This World Oft Can Be – Della Mae (Rounder)
Three Chords and the Truth – James King (Rounder)
The Streets of Baltimore – Del McCoury Band (McCoury Music)
Best Blues Album
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman (Blind Pig Records)
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton (Alligator)
Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite (Stax)
Seesaw – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (J & R Adventures)
Down in Louisiana – Bobby Rush (Deep Rush Records)
Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture of You – Guy Clark (Dualtone)
Sweetheart of the Sun – The Greencards (Darling Street Records)
Build Me Up From Bones – Sarah Jarosz (Sugar Hill Records)
The Ash & Clay – The Milk Carton Kids (Anti Records)
They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration – Various Artists –Arhoolie Records
Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band (Tru Thoughts)
Hula Ku’I – Kahulanu (Palm Records)
Le Fou – Zachary Richard (Avalanche Productions)
Dockside Sessions – Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (Musicmatters Records)
Apache Blessing & Crown Dance Songs – Joe Tahonnie Jr. (Cool Runnings Music)
In addition, living folk music icon Pete Seeger is among the nominees for Best Spoken Word Album (for The Storm King), while The Civil Wars were nominated in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “From This Valley.” The East Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White took home two Grammy Awards in 2012 for Best Folk Album of the Year (for its debut album, Barton Hollow) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for that album’s title track.
Nominees for Best Children’s Album include Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower for Blue Clouds, Beth Nielsen Chapman for The Mighty Sky, Justin Roberts for Recess, Alastair Moock & Friends for Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids, and Jennifer Gasoi for Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well.
The Grammy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, also known as The Recording Academy. A complete list of nominees in all 82 categories appears online at www.grammy.com.