POLL: Who Should Win Best Folk Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards?
'Three Bells,' an historic collaboration between dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes was released in September and eagerly snatched up by folk fans. It's a stealthy combination of a 13-time Grammy winner, the sideman for Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt and the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association, respectively. 'Three Bells' is these musicians' first work together since 1994's Grammy-winning 'The Great Dobro Sessions.' Sadly, Auldridge passed away shortly after the recordings were completed.
Alice Gerrard, who turned 80 in July, nabbed a nomination for ‘Follow the Music,’ her banjo playing and strong vocals at the forefront of the project, while Austin-based musician Eliza Gilkyson's 12-track offering, ‘The Nocturne Diaries,' gave the artist her second Grammy nomination. Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show released their Grammy-nominated ‘Remedy,' featuring a collaboration with Bob Dylan, in July.
Finally, the late Jesse Winchester, who passed away in April from bladder cancer, recorded 'A Reasonable Amount of Trouble' before his death. It was released posthumously in September, with Mac McAnally finishing the project as one of his final gifts for his longtime friend.
"Two days into singing backgrounds, he was like, ‘Mac, I don’t have it. We’re going to have to go with the vocals we’ve got.' He said, ‘You’re going to have to finish the backgrounds. You’re going to have to finish the project, I’m just giving you the baton. You go.’ He said, ‘I feel like it’s in good hands,'" McAnally recalls. "I took that very seriously.”
Who should win Best Folk 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 2015 Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 8 on CBS.