(NEW YORK, NY) – Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ accepted Best Contemporary Blues Album for TajMo at the 60th GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018. The Rolling Stones “surprisingly” won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome. I just discovered an amusing and informative take from Andy Cush for Spin on the Stones win for, of all things, this particular album.
The ceremony was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden and it was the first time in 15 years that the awards did not take place in Los Angeles.
Two Trains Runnin’, with a soundtrack featuring songs by artists such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James, Charlie Patton, North Mississippi Allstars, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thomas James, Son House, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Valarie June, Robert Wilkins and more, was nominated for Best Music Film, which is commendable and heartening, but did not win.
Best Album Notes winner was Live At The Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings – Otis Redding. Best American Roots Performance winner was “Killer Diller Blues” by Alabama Shakes. Bobby Rush’s Funk O’ De Funk (Smile Remix) was a nominee in the Best Remixed Recording category.