58th Annual Grammy Nominees … here’s the roots & blues of it

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Buddy Guy’s Born To Play Guitar is nominated for two Grammy’s – “Best American Roots Performance” (for the title track song) and for “Best Blues Album” – in the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards.

Mavis Staples’ “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” off her album Your Good Fortune is also nominated for “Best American Roots Performance”

Shemekia Copeland’s Outskirts Of Love, received a Grammy Award nomination in the “Best Blues Album” category from the Recording Academy. This is Copeland’s third Grammy nomination. Copeland, the reigning “Queen Of The Blues,” also appears on Muddy Waters 100, a various artists tribute album also nominated for “Best Blues Album.”

Other nominees in the “Best Blues Album” category include the Cedric Burnside Project’s Descendants Of Hill Country, Bettye LaVette’s Worthy and Muddy Waters 100 featuring various artists.

Jon Cleary’s Go Go Juice is nominated in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” category.

The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32) is nominated for “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging.” Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection is nominated for “Best Album Notes.” Jeff Place is the album notes writer.

Parchman Farm: Photographs And Field Recordings, 1947–1959 is nominated for “Best Historical Album.”

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is nominated for “Best Music Film.”

Winners will be announced in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016. The complete nomination slate is at www.grammy.com/nominees.

It always just kills me that the Blues category is listed below every Pop and Rock, World, Christian, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and Latin category! It doesn’t make any sense. The blues is the roots! Sigh!


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