With 109 categories in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, it’s hard for all the categories to get their due. As we count down to Sunday’s ceremonies – when we’ll be blogging here and Tweeting @ndmusic – we’ll take a look at some of the unsung categories.
Category 64: Best Americana Album
NOMINEES: “Together Through Life,” Bob Dylan (Columbia)
“Electric Dirt,” Levon Helm (Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records)
“Willie And The Wheel,” Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel (Bismeaux Records)
“Wilco (The Album),” Wilco (Nonesuch)
“Little Honey,” Lucinda Williams (Lost Highway Records)
SHOULD WIN: “Little Honey.” Yes, the Bob Dylan album is great. (Isn’t that like saying, “Rain is wet,” these days?) But Lucinda Williams’ examination of rock star life, both the good and the bad, is also potent. Her rockabilly rave-up “Honey Bee” shows the fun, while “Little Rock Star” covers the dark side, opening with “It’s clear, you have a death wish.”
WILL WIN: “Together Through Life.” Bob Dylan helps us navigate the economic downturn with a mix of hope (“I Feel a Change Comin’ On”), protest (“Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”) and sneering commentary (“It’s All Good”). Sorry, Wilco.