Those 12 readers also know that while I’m not a big fan of the type of music produced in Nashville (my home) for suburban soccer moms and their pre-teen daughters, I am a fan of lots of Nashville music that you don’t hear on “country” radio stations owned by large conglomerates.
If that makes no sense to you, let me make it simple: Nashville is home to music other than that created by Taylor Swift and men who wear cowboy hats. I am happy Taylor Swift and men who wear cowboy hats are in Nashville and I greatly appreciate those individuals, especially Taylor Swift for her entrepreneurship and embrace of creative marketing approaches. But personally, as much as I applaud them and like that I can sometimes catch a glimpse of them in a Starbucks or the Apple Store, I just don’t listen to music created by Miss Swift and men who wear cowboy hats.
However, at last night’s Grammy’s there were some awards given to Nashville musicians who I do enjoy that I thought I’d give a little shout-out this morning. (Thanks to WPLN’s Bradley George for keeping up with this, as I’m not a big awards show watcher.)
The Nashville Symphony has become a regular winner of Grammys since moving into their incredible new home and hiring a conductor who is so dynamic and entertaining, even I am a fan. This year is no exception: Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and percussionist Christopher Lamb picked up an award for their recording of Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto.
Only recently did I learn about the duo, Civil Wars, when my niece and her husband expressed amazement they were telling me about the act. Turns out, I did like them, despite their name sounding like something that would telegraph their being a more mainstream country act. However, they won two Grammys last night, including one for best folk album, a genre that, roughly translated, means, “country music that doesn’t suck.”
The other Nashville Grammy winner who is worthy of her annual RexBlog shout-out is Allison Kraus, who with Union Station, won their bazillionth Grammy for best bluegrass album. (The only time they don’t win is when they don’t release one.) By the way, her Grammy this year means she has won 27 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded singer, the most awarded female artist, and tied (with Quincy Jones) for second most awarded artist overall in Grammy history. (The late Georg Solti, who was conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, won 31.)
There were many other Nashville connections at this year’s Grammys, but I’m not a soccer mom, so you’ll have to track those down yourself.
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