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No surprise, Grammy nominees are happy

Monday, December 7, 2015 – Grammy nominees were predictably quite happy to receive the news on Monday.

Brandy Clark's "Hold My Hand," from her "12 Stories" disc, was nominated for Country Song of the Year. "Wow," Clark said. "I was not expecting this news today. What a surprise and a fantastic way to start my week. I appreciate the support and respect from the Grammy voters. It means the world to me."

This is the fourth career Grammy nomination for Clark.

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley was nominated as a solo artist in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category this morning with "The Driver" featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. "I'm still in shock from waking up this morning to a Grammy nomination for 'The Driver," said Kelley. "I feel like I'm just getting started on this journey, so to get honored in this way and share it with Dierks and Eric is incredible. I'm so thankful to my producer Paul Worley who encouraged me to chase this record down."

Sam Hunt, who earned nominations for Best New Artist and Best Country Album, said, "I am beyond humbled with these nominations. I am so grateful to the fans, the Nashville music community and the Recording Academy for their appreciation and recognition. This has been just the most amazing year."

Ashley Monroe, nominated for Best Country Album for "Blade" and The Blade," and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her duet with Blake Shelton, "Lonely Tonight," said, "Today I woke up and saw a lifelong dream come to life. I'm truly so grateful and so proud to be nominated for a Grammy," she said. "Thank you to Vince Gill and Justin Niebank for helping me create a record I couldn't be more proud of. And thank you to Blake for asking me to sing on 'Lonely Tonight' with him. Wow... I came out like a rose."

Gill and Niebank produced the disc.

The Mavericks earned nominations for Best American Roots Song ("All Night Long") and Best Americana Album ("Mono"). The honor comes two decades after they took home Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Here Comes The Rain."

"We are incredibly grateful that our music is able to do exactly what we intended ... free people from themselves and their struggles," said lead singer Raul Malo. "On the road our fans dance, cry, sing, laugh and get into a vibe that transcends outside obstacles like race, language and social status. Thank you to The Recording Academy for noticing and again believing in The Mavericks."

Guitarist Eddie Perez said, "This band has always defied the odds and expectations...a country band from Miami with a Cuban singer? But it works, because people feel the passion."

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Big Day in a Small Town CD review - Big Day in a Small Town
There are two components to Brandy Clark. First is her songwriting, which gained her much street cred, penning songs for the likes of Miranda Lambert ("Mama's Broken Heart" with Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally), The Band Perry ("Better Dig Two"), Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and a slew for Musgraves and Jennifer Nettles. And then there's her own artistic career with her major label debut finally coming close to three years after her extremely well-received (with »»»
12 Stories CD review - 12 Stories
Songwriter Brandy Clark moved to Nashville from Washington more than 15 years ago, penning songs recorded by The Band Perry (Better Dig Two), Miranda Lambert (Mama's Broken Heart), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow) and Sheryl Crow (Homecoming Queen). On her debut, Clark weaves her crystal voice around her sparse, emotional lyrics, creating a colorful quilt of stories that cover the lives of people trying to deal with loneliness, lost love, loss and cope with the vagaries daily life. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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