With much fanfare and even more head-shaking (at least if you're a roots music fan), the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced Friday night.

Here are the nominees in the "American Roots" categories. A mighty fine bunch, but with some glaring (NO JASON ISBELL WTF OMG) omissions, as ever and always:

Best American Roots Song

BUILD ME UP FROM BONES Sarah Jarosz, songwriter
INVISIBLE Steve Earle, songwriter
KEEP YOUR DIRTY LIGHTS ON Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, songwriters
LOVE HAS COME FOR YOU Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters
SHRIMP PO-BOY, DRESSED Allen Toussaint, songwriter 

Best Americana Album

OLD YELLOW MOON Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell [Nonesuch Records]
LOVE HAS COME FOR YOU Steve Martin & Edie Brickell [Rounder]
BUDDY AND JIM Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale [New West Records]
ONE TRUE VINE Mavis Staples [Anti Records]
SONGBOOK Allen Toussaint [Rounder]

Best Bluegrass Album

IT'S JUST A ROAD The Boxcars [Mountain Home Music Company]
BROTHERS OF THE HIGHWAY Dailey & Vincent [Rounder]
THIS WORLD OFT CAN BE Della Mae [Rounder]
THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE Del McCoury Band [McCoury Music]

Best Folk Album

SWEETHEART OF THE SUN The Greencards [Darling Street Records]
BUILD ME UP FROM BONES Sarah Jarosz [Sugar Hill Records]
THE ASH & CLAY The Milk Carton Kids [Anti Records]
THEY ALL PLAYED FOR US: ARHOOLIE RECORDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Various Artists) Chris Strachwitz, producer [Arhoolie Records]

Best Blues Album

REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman [Blind Pig Records]
COTTON MOUTH MAN James Cotton [Alligator]
GET UP! Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite [Stax]
SEESAW Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa [J&R Adventures]
DOWN IN LOUISIANA Bobby Rush [Deep Rush Records]

Also of note:

  • Kacey Musgraves is up for Best New Artist
  • Neko Case is up for Best Alternative Music Album for The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  • Jeff Tweedy is up for Producer of the Year


Here's the full list from grammy.com [PDF]. The big awards show is Jan. 26.

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Comment by Alan Harrison on December 7, 2013 at 2:06am

I totally agree about Jason being ignored; but the Grammy people very rarely include artistes under 55 and I'm always intrigued by the Grammy's interpretation of genre :) but hey; what do I know? 

Comment by Kim Ruehl on December 7, 2013 at 5:57am

Some other items of interest:

  • Kacey Musgraves - Best New Artist, Best Country Artist (Same Trailer, Different Park), Best Country Snog ("Merry Go 'Round")
  • Alabama Shakes - Best Rock Performance ("Always Alright")
  • Jack White - Best Rock Performance ("I'm Shakin'")
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Best Rock Song ("Psychadelic Pill")
  • Neko Case - Best Alternative Music Album (The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...)
  • The Civil Wars - Best Country Duo/Group Performance ("From This Valley")
  • Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower - Best Children's Album (Blue Clouds)
  • Pete Seeger - Best Spoken Word Album (The Storm King)
  • Mumford & Sons - Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Package, Best Music Film (The Road to Red Rocks)
  • Jeff Tweedy - Producer of the Year
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - Best Music Film (I'm In, I'm Out, and I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!)
Comment by Paul K Goode on December 7, 2013 at 6:23am

Geez, nothing like going out on a limb. If I Were King:

Jason Isbell, Southbound
Tift Merritt & Simone Dinnerstein, Night
Amy Speace, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat
Will Hoge, Never Give In
Patty Griffin, American Kid

Comment by Hal Bogerd on December 7, 2013 at 9:19am

The GRANNYs are hipper, but just slightly, than the People's Choice and MTV awards.

I'll stick with NoDepression's nominations.

Comment by Whiskey Bottle on December 7, 2013 at 9:31am

The sand that you would have to have your head burried in to not put "Cover Me Up" on your list of best roots songs, country songs, or just plain songs of 2013 would have to be so dense that no sound could penetrate it, so I'm surprised they came up with 5 nominees.  Same goes for "Southeastern" when it comes to best album. But then again, we are talking about the folks that gave the first Heavy Metal Grammy to Jethro Tull. Basically, people who don't listen to roots music scroll down a list and look for any name they recognize.  Nothing against most of the nominees who's work I love, but nothing I heard this year was even close to being as good as Jason Isbell.

Comment by Jack Williams on December 7, 2013 at 9:49am

Here's a not too obscure list I'd be happy with:

Jason Isbell - Southeastern (inexcusable absence)

Patty Griffin - American Kid

The Mavericks - In Time (it really is more of an Americana album)

Holly Williams - The Highway

Lindi Ortega - Tin Star (the somewhat obscure pick for Grammys - like John Fullbright last year.)

Maybe it's a good album (haven't heard it), but the Steve Martin nomination seems like it might be a GRAMMY par for course name recognition nomination.  Is it really that good?



Comment by Hal Bogerd on December 7, 2013 at 10:00am

I'd bet if a fabricated Dylan album was listed it would get nominated for several awards including song of the year. Not a knock on Dylan as much as an agreement with Jack's "name recognition" comment.

Comment by Hal Bogerd on December 7, 2013 at 10:03am


I haven't heard Kacey's album but I have seen the album cover. 

She probably deserves the nomination for Best Country Snog!

Comment by Hal Bogerd on December 10, 2013 at 6:56pm

And this would be funny....

Paul McCartney ("Cut Me Some Slack") and the Rolling Stones ("Doom And Gloom") duke it out in the Best Rock Song category!

if it wasn't so sad...


Comment by Easy Ed on December 14, 2013 at 11:47am

These nominations could have been much worse, and missed more well deserved albums and artists. I don't know how, but they could. 


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