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Dixie Chicks Win Big on Grammy Night

February 12, 2007

In a startling turn of events, the Grammy for Album of the Year went to something on the Folk Alley playlist as the Dixie Chicks were honored for Taking the Long Way. The Chicks picked up a total of 5 Grammys, including beating out the Duhks for Country Duo or Group with Vocal. Rhonda Vincent and Bobby Osborne lost Best Country Collaboration with Vocals to Bon Jovi and that girl from Sugarland (ouch). Bruce Springsteen scooped up the prize for Traditional Folk Album for We Shall Overcome, his tribute to Pete Seeger. Bob Dylan, who also won for Solo Rock Vocal Performance, took home the Grammy for Contemporary Folk Album for Modern Times. BTW, Neil Young was shut-out and Joan Baez looked beautiful (plus, why did I feel sad that Weird Al Yankovich has a wedding ring - really? was I planning on dating him?).

Other wins of interest:
Bryan Sutton (with some help from Doc Watson) for Country Instrumental for "Whiskey Before Breakfast."
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Bluegrass Album for Instrumentals.
Dan Zanes and Friends for Children's Musical Album for Catch that Train.
Mary Youngblood for Native American Album for Dance with the Wind.
Various artists for Hawaiian Album for Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Live From Maui.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones for Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album for The Hidden Land.
Jimmy Sturr for Polka Album for Polka in Paradise (beating out LynnMarie).
The Soweto Gospel Choir for Traditional World Music Album for Blessed.
The Klezmatics for Contemporary World Music Album for Wonder Wheel (a collection of songs with "lost" lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at February 12, 2007 2:59 PM


Grammy Night is so far off my radar, it ain't funny. I have local color going on here in my neighborhood. The vibrations that touch me directly on an hourly basis are what is important to me. What's up with you? Been banging on a resonator lately for fun or catharsis? What have you been composing that illuminates your sky more than any Grammy Checker?

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 12, 2007 6:28 PM

I've been on a run of LIVE performances at local venues this past couple of weeks which have left me fairly unaware of what's been going on with the Grammys. I had been interested in the Grammys for the first time, only because a young band from my hometown had been nominated. Thanks for reporting, Ann.

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 13, 2007 5:44 AM

I am happy for the Chicks, but I wanted the Duhks to get their first Grammy and was disappointed they missed out this time. Migrations is such a good CD that it's a shame the nominating committee found only one spot for it.

Posted by: Doug Sligh at February 13, 2007 8:00 AM

I agree about Migrations. The folk fields were stuffed with "names" this year, but the country categories are tough - especially when you're from Canada and don't sing with a twang. As far as live shows go, it's winter and I'm afraid I'm not much interested in straying too far from home. An hour's drive to Cleveland is very different in February and July. The closest I've gotten is seeing Joe Crookston when he performed at church two weeks ago, and even then I passed on driving up for his actual show because I didn't want to drive up two days in a row. I'm starting to sound like my mom!

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at February 13, 2007 9:13 AM

Weird Al rocks. He deserves to be happy too. Long Live Weird Al.

Posted by: Chris Boros at February 13, 2007 12:49 PM

..and his wife, apparently.

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 13, 2007 4:46 PM

But Ann! Wierd Al? Really?!?

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 13, 2007 6:31 PM

Don't be hard on Ann! I have a friend who dated Weird Al - he was an extremely sweet - and sexy (it's true, it's true) - guy. You just hold your head up and feel sad with no shame, Ann.

Posted by: Jennifer Sherrill at February 14, 2007 12:58 PM

Yeah. Now I wanna win a Grammy! I am going to try harder and harder and ... oops, popped a rivet on my jeans.

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 14, 2007 1:12 PM

At least you'd be dating a different guy every night of the week.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 14, 2007 3:55 PM

You're looking at someone who braved the freezing cold rain at Fiesta Texas to sit third row, huddled beneath a blanket and between two skinny guys on a cold metal bench, to see Wierd Al in an outdoor concert! Ann - I know where you're coming from!
Huw - wasn't it you who said, "JoLynn, find a guy who can make you laugh.."etc., etc...? (o;

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 15, 2007 8:40 AM

I also advised you to shoot him.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 15, 2007 11:00 AM

All I'm saying is that I spent Valentine's Day snowed in, on my own and every member of my family called because, basically, I'm alone and I could be dead. Really. I waited a long time to find that someone special, and, apparently, it was too long and I'm too late. (insert something needlessly dark here - don't worry, I'll be ok tomorrow)

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at February 15, 2007 11:07 AM

Huw - '...and if he bites you in the butt, shoot him!', as I recall..but it's really hard to 'shoot' a moving target. And dang it if he didn't resurface and send a little V-day greeting sortie. grrrr....... It's hard to stop caring about someone I suppose.
And Ann - if anybody lights into a refrain of "The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar"..shoot them!
(Of course I mean shoot them a LOOK.)

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 15, 2007 12:16 PM

I hear singing and there's no one there.
I smell blossoms but the trees are bare...

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 15, 2007 5:03 PM

I'm sure Wierd Al was stuck in a drift Ann. Anyway it's never too late - look at Charles and Camilla!

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 15, 2007 8:34 PM

JoLynn..."if anybody lights into a refrain of "The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar"..shoot them!"...does that also include someone lighting into a sappy love-happy tune like, "You're Just In Love" to point a finger at Richard or anything...

Posted by: Jennifer Sherrill at February 15, 2007 9:16 PM

Jen - it's the Richards and Jims and Jacks and Pauls and Huws (and others) who are all happily in love which give all of the rest of us that wee glimmer of hope!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 15, 2007 11:46 PM

Oh HOPE! THAT'S what that glimmer was. I didn't recognize it. I assumed it was another heart being blown to pieces... but... I see now... and...I feel so strange...and...I keep...I keep...
iiiiiii keep tossing in my sleep at night
and what's more, i've lost my appetite
stars that used to twinkle in the skies
are twinkling in my eyes....

(Happily in love guys ARE pretty darned cute.)

Posted by: Jennifer Sherrill at February 16, 2007 12:17 AM

And we do our own laundry!

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 16, 2007 10:59 AM

..and the dishes, I might imagine!
"I love a man with dishpan hands"

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 16, 2007 7:00 PM

sounds dishpassionate

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 18, 2007 11:31 PM

ahhh, but that is where the true passion begins...with a joyous act of sacrifice. Are there any folk songs about this, I wonder...
How did we get from the Dixie Chics and Grammys to washing dishes as passionate acts?

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 19, 2007 6:42 AM

Dunno - the sherriff's husband in Fargo is one of the great heros of modern film though.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 19, 2007 8:19 AM

I was gonna say that

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 19, 2007 10:00 AM

I think it began with my dismissal of Grammy Checkers at the top of the thread. I am sorry. I think I am sore that I did not win a Grammy this year for Spoken Word. I feel I am every bit as good as William Shatner...and that's WITHOUT a cigarette prop. Rocket on!

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 19, 2007 10:04 AM

Beam me up Schletty.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 20, 2007 7:57 AM

Careful Huw, the air is thin out there!

Posted by: Jack Swain at February 20, 2007 9:56 AM

A mere bagatelle to a space-cadet like me Jack - I appreciate your concern though.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at February 20, 2007 11:11 AM

Here you go, space cadets: Galactic Overdrive:

It is NOT Folk.

Posted by: Richard Schletty at February 20, 2007 9:07 PM

Thanks for all the fish..

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 21, 2007 3:32 AM

Did you say that on porpoise?

(err, in porpoise)?

Posted by: Jack Swain at February 21, 2007 1:47 PM


Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at February 21, 2007 9:14 PM

Well, I'm going back to the original topic of this post. I've never watched the Grammies before BUT am a huge fan of the Chicks, ever since I first heard Earl. I think Taking the Long Way totally rocks, their best yet, and is an amazingly assertive, personally creative and positive response to the negativity that so many in country music expressed so obnoxiously after their London comments. I mean, blacklisting and death threats for expressing political opinions? How many people come back from being banned to sweep the Grammies? Plus they wrote it all themselves, another first for them. Go Chicks!

Posted by: Diane Sidener at February 22, 2007 4:32 PM

I was making up a bed on the floor for them after the Shepherd's Bush Empire remarks. She was preaching to the converted over here, but I wasn't certain they'd get back into the US.
Funny thing is, the Chicks were known and could fill a house over here before that, but now they'll sell out in advance and have people queueing around the block. They could get a house next door to Madonna and buy a baby, they're that big.
Only goes to remind us that crucifixion can be an enormous draw.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at March 19, 2007 12:19 PM

i've always liked the chicks music, but the grammy was a gift from the hollywood folks as a slap to the country folks. guess what, it didn't hurt a bit. if the chicks are proud to get a token grammy, more power to the chicks. now they can be hollywood darlings till hollywood finds someone else they can use to make a statement.

Posted by: Dan Klinge at March 20, 2007 5:07 PM

Country folks need an occasional slap to remind them what they're singing about.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at March 22, 2007 8:48 AM

Country folks are busy being 'rock and roll' folks, mostly. How often have I heard "I like country but I don't like bluegrass, it's too twangy!" I like Keith Urban, but that ain't country.

I think the most painful thing I ever saw was when the Dixie Chicks opened the CMA awards and the audience stood up and turned their backs on them - and boo'ed them.

So, hey, if it's a be it. And it might interest you to know that the Chix *original* bass, which is a custom made cactus shaped thing, is in the CowGirl Hall of Fame down near Fort Worth.

Posted by: Lynn Oatman at March 30, 2007 11:16 AM

Lynn. I saw the award performance they did this year on utube last night. I wanted to cheer when that little spiked heel hit the stage at the perfect moment. I'd've been standing on my chair (as I suspect the majority of this year's audience did).

Posted by: Huw Pryce at April 22, 2007 6:55 AM

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