POLL: Who Should Win Best Bluegrass Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards?
The artists in contention for Best Bluegrass Album at the 2015 Grammys range from recently emerged younger stars to legendary musicians.
Jerry Douglas' newest project, 'The Earls of Leicester,' is a tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, featuring a group of Nashville bluegrass stars: Tim O’Brien, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Douglas. The record includes 14 Flatt and Scruggs favorites like 'Big Black Train,' 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down' and 'Shuckin' the Corn.'
Noam Pikelny, the 2010 inaugural recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, is up for a Grammy with ‘Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe.' He also was named Banjo Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and his record won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Washington, D.C.-based band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are nominated for their third record, 'Cold Spell,' which features 10 tracks of impeccable harmonies and playing. Melancholy and forlorn, yet irresistible, this album shows why the band was the winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Best Instrumental Group Award.
Also vying for the Grammy is Bryan Sutton, whose record ‘Into My Own’ is his fourth release on Sugar Hill Records. “The goal,” he says, “was to try to make a record that only I could make," and it features not only his instrumental savvy, but also his growth as a singer and songwriter. He's no stranger to Grammys, having won one in 2007 for a guitar duet with Doc Watson.
Six-time Grammy nominee Rhonda Vincent, also known as the Queen of Bluegrass, is also in the running with 'Only Me,' her 18th studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart, combining her love of bluegrass and country into one project. Two of the record's singles, 'Busy City' and title track duet with Willie Nelson, are No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Singles chart.
Who should win Best Bluegrass Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards? Vote below as often as once an hour until 12 PM ET on Feb. 5. We’ll tabulate the results and use them for our winners predictions.
The Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 8 on CBS.