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Simpson wins Album of the Year Grammy

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Sturgill Simpson's left of center disc, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth," won the Grammy on Sunday for Best Grammy Album.

Maren Morris' "My Church" took the honor for Best Country Solo Performance. Morris also sang with Alicia Keys during the broadcast.

Hillary Scott & the Scott Family won two Grammys: "Thy Will" took Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song with Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott and Emily Weisband, songwriters. Scott and her family's album, "Love Remains," took Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Pentatonix's version of "Joelene" with Dolly Parton won Best Country/Duo Performance.

Lori McKenna won the Best Country Song Grammy for "Humble and Kind." Tim McGraw recorded the song.

The Best Roots Gospel Album wen to Joey + Rory for Hymns," released a year ago as Joey was succumbing to cancer.

Sarah Jarosz took the honor for Best Americana Roots Performance for "House of Mercy." She also took the Best Folk Album for "Undercurrent."

Vince Gill's "Kid Sister" took the Best American roots Song. The song was recorded by The Time Jumpers, which includes Gill.

Will Nelson won the Grammy for Best Pop Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin."

Stax artist William Bell won Best Americana Album for "This is Where I Live."

O'Connor Band with Mark O'Connor scored the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for "Coming Home."

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A Soldier's Guide to Earth CD review - A Soldier's Guide to Earth
If scratching your head about the sounds emanating from Sturgill Simpson's third release, then "It Ain't All Flowers" from his last release, the excellent "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," ought to serve as a reference point. In a disc filled with traditional country sounds, "Flowers" was about as far away as one could get with the electronics sounding so completely disjointed from everything else on the release. Put it this way - " Islands" »»»
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music CD review - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
The first time you hear Sturgill sing you may feel like you've heard a ghost - the ghost of Waylon Jennings, that is. Although his voice isn't as low as Jennings' was, it's nevertheless still in the same general vocal range ballpark. Better still, the Kentucky native sings wonderfully honest country songs. "Life of Sin," for instance, is a song about, well, sinning, which is really some of what great country is all about. Yes, most of this album will do a »»»
High Top Mountain CD review - High Top Mountain
There's not a whole lot of traditional troubadours around these days. Old school may still be appreciated, but when it comes to country crossovers and reaching the masses, it's roots rock, alt.-country and Americana that hold the upper hand. Which makes it surprising in a way that newcomer Sturgill Simpson should sound like such a, well, old-timer. Hell, even his name resembles the kind of handle aptly suited to a country crooner. It's little wonder then that his debut disc, »»»
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: The Cadillac Three, Sellers do it their own way – The way The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston told it, the band could have had their choice of opening tours this year for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. No go though because the long-haired singer fronting the rough-and-most-definitely ready trio said the band wanted to do it their own way. Based on this most... »»»
Concert Review: Great songs, not glitz, highlight Lynn tribute – An eclectic group of Americana artists gathered together for a relatively low-key tribute to Loretta Lynn on the eve of the glitzy Grammy Awards. In contrast to the expensive dresses and song sets displayed at Staples Center for the awards show TV broadcast, these performers were backed by a skillful traditional country music house band.... »»»
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