The Grammy nominations are out and I'm pleased to see that many of the artists you hear on WUMB were considered worthy of nomination. You can find a complete list at http://www.grammy.com/nominees.
I am, however, disturbed that as part of their decision to eliminate 30 categories, they seemed to have rolled what has previously been two categories into a single Best Folk Album category. In the last few years there has been a Contemporary Folk and a Traditional Folk category and while it was sometime confusing seeing which album ended up in what category, it was at least a chance to honor folk artists who were not primarily songwriters (they did the same thing in the Blues Category).
I think I can sum up my problem with this by asking if Pete Seeger had a new album this year, would it have had a chance in the current Best Folk Album category? You tell me. Am I way off base on this?
Here are the list of nominees for Best Folk Album:
- Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars
- I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle
- Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes
- Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder
- The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch
- Dave Palmater