Congratulations to all the winners at tonight's Grammy Awards, including Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, whose debut album, Crooked Tree, won Best Bluegrass Album; Wilco, Best Historical Album (compilation producers Cheryl Pawelski & Jeff Tweedy and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig) and Best Album Notes (Bob Mehr) for the 20th anniversary super deluxe edition of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot; Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Best Traditional Blues Album for GET ON BOARD: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, with Joachim Cooder; and Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet, Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance for Evergreen.
Congratulations to Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Wilco, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet, all of whom won Grammy Awards at the 65th Grammy Awards ceremonies held in Los Angeles today.
Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway—fiddler Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, bassist Shelby Means, and banjo player Kyle Tuttle—won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut album, Crooked Tree. The album, recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch. Its thirteen tracks, all written or co-written by Tuttle, explore her lifelong love of bluegrass. "Molly Tuttle’s fingers move so quickly, she could pick your pocket without breaking stride," says the New York Times. NPR calls it "a set of dashingly virtuosic songs."
Wilco won two Grammy Awards for the twentieth anniversary super deluxe edition of their groundbreaking album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Best Historical Album for compilation producers Cheryl Pawelski & Jeff Tweedy and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Best Album Notes for Bob Mehr. The 11-LP Super Deluxe Edition of Wilco’s 2002 Nonesuch debut comprises the original album, remastered for its 20th anniversary in 2022, plus 82 previously unreleased tracks. Includes demos, drafts, and instrumentals, charting the making of the album; a live 2002 concert recording; and a September 2001 radio performance and interview. The box set also includes a new book featuring an interview with Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, and Jim O’Rourke; an in-depth essay by Mehr; and previously unseen photos of the band making the album in their Chicago studio. On Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the band delivers a thrillingly experimental work that scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album as “complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene … simply a masterpiece.” Uncut called it “a stone-cold classic.”
Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for GET ON BOARD: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, with Joachim Cooder. Nearly sixty years after they first played together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, longtime friends and collaborators, reunited with an album of music from two Piedmont blues masters who have inspired them all their lives: GET ON BOARD. With Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano and Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo—joined by Joachim Cooder on drums and bass—they recorded eleven songs drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee. “The music feels intimate and lived in, the sound of two old friends jamming away in a small room," says Rolling Stone. "But because they also want to romp things up, what could have been a tasteful salute becomes a record that’s bristlingly, viscerally alive."
Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance for Evergreen. The album is five original works written by Shaw: two suites written for string quartet—Three Essays and The Evergreen, which Shaw describes as an offering to a tree she encountered in an evergreen forest on an island off Vancouver—two pieces written for string quartet and voice, including Other Song, which she also performed on her 2021 album Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part; a piece for string quartet. Also included is an interpretation of a 12th-century French poem for quartet and voice.
You can see the complete list of Grammy Award winners and nominees here.