Last night's Grammy awards show was full of music that I had never heard before and people I had never heard of. The music that falls under the "country" category these days never ceases to amaze me. There were a few awards that I cared about. Among these was Best Bluegrass Album, which went to Ricky Skaggs for Honoring The Fathers of Bluegrass. I tuned in, so to speak, to the live pre-telecast, which they were streaming through their website. I had to download and install the plug-in, and the instant the feed starting playing, the bluegrass album nominees were on the screen and I got to see Skaggs accept his award. He gave a really nice speech about how he really wanted to honor the founders of bluegrass, how his band really studied the old records so they could get a sound that could be like what Bill Monroe's 1946 Bluegrass Boys would sound like if you put them in a studio today. He said that Earl Scruggs was there that night (he was nominated as well) and if you saw him you should shake his hand, because he deserves to honored. Ricky seemed genuinely moved.
The other big winner of the night was Raising Sand, from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. The album, or tracks from it won: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album (I think I've got them all there...). They gave a really nice speech after winning Album of the Year. Robert thanked each person who played on the album, down to Mike Seeger and Riley Baugus. Over on the Bluegass Blog I read rumors of a second album from the duo. All these awards will surely only make that more likely. I look forward to it!
[Can't get the picture-inserting function to work this morning so I'll sign this...]