My Take on the Grammy Nominations

grammysAbout the only benefit I get from being a member of NARAS (the Grammy organization) is that I get to vote for the Grammys. Here’s my take on the nominations in those genres that I know something about.

Field 4 – Rock
Category 21 – Best Rock Album
(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

[Capitol Records]

In Your Honor
Foo Fighters
[RCA Records]

A Bigger Bang
The Rolling Stones
[Virgin Records]

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
[Interscope Records]

Prairie Wind
Neil Young
[Reprise Records]

Coldplay and Foo Fighters came after my musical time, which means one of those two will win for sure. I think U2 is just OK (sorry, but I do). The Stones would be a good choice just for longevity. My vote will go for Neil, but there is no way he wins.

Field 13 – Blues
Category 66 – Best Contemporary Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Make Do With What You Got
Solomon Burke
[Shout! Factory/The One]

Robert Cray

Bring ‘Em In
Buddy Guy
[Silvertone/Zomba Label Group]

Cost Of Living
Delbert McClinton
[New West Records]

Electric Blue Watermelon
North Mississippi Allstars
[ATO Records]

Good slate here, although I’m not certain I’d classify the Delbert record as blues. My vote will probably go to Buddy Guy, but I think the Delbert record is the best one of the bunch.

Field 14 – Folk
Category 68 – Best Contemporary Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Chavez Ravine
Ry Cooder
[Nonesuch/Perro Verde]

The Outsider
Rodney Crowell
[Columbia Records]

Why Should The Fire Die?
Nickel Creek
[Sugar Hill Records]

Fair & Square
John Prine
[Oh Boy Records]

Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen

Easy choice here- I thought that John Prine record was excellent. He gets my vote but Bruce (Devils and Dust was average, in my opinion) or Nickel Creek will win.

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