The Steep Canyon Rangers won the Best Bluegrass album Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Grammys for “Nobody Knows You.” This was the eighth release and their first Grammy. North Carolina Arts Council Executive Director Wayne Martin introduced the band several weeks ago at a press event in New York City. The band, which also played back-up banjo for a Steve Martin album, performed on behalf of the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Films and Sports Development. North Carolina is recognized nationally and internationally for its deep traditional music roots.
The Durham-based string-band group, Carolina Chocolate Drops were up for their second Grammy in the Best Folk Album category for their latest release, “Leaving Eden”, but the award went to “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile. The Chocolate Drops won their first Grammy in 2010 for “Genuine Negro Jig.”
Other artists with strong ties to the state included The Avett Brothers, who were considered in the Best Americana Album. The Avett Brothers, are featured in the upcoming guidebook, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, scheduled to be released by the N.C. Arts Council and UNC Press in April. (Bonnie Raitt won Best Americana Album.)
Eric Church was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, and North Carolina born and raised Anthony Hamilton was considered for two R&B Grammys.
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