Country winners announced so far. Some surprises:
Best Country Female: Emmylou Harris, “The Connection”
Not crazy about the song, but c’mon, it’s Emmy. Her first win in this category since the 80’s.
Best Country Male: Keith Urban, “You’ll Think of Me”
Best Country Duo/Group: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Restless”
I love this song. Love the album, too. I would’ve voted for the Chicks, but nobody really heard that track. If my count is accurate, this is Krauss’ 18th Grammy.
Best Country Collaboration: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, “Like We Never Loved At All.”
Love this song, too. I was pulling for the majestic “Shelter From The Storm”, but Faith & Tim do sing the fire out of this.
Best Country Song: “Bless The Broken Road” Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon
I’m glad the songwriters won instead of Rascal Flatts. These are some of Nashville’s best writers; Flatts just stayed out of the way of a masterpiece.
Best Country Instrumental: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Unionhouse Branch”
And that makes 19 for Krauss. If she wins album later tonight, she’ll have 20.
Best Bluegrass Performance: Del McCoury Band, “The Company We Keep”
Good for them. They always kick ass on the Opry.
Best Traditional Folk Album: Tim O’Brien, Fiddler’s Green
Anybody with the good taste to sing with Kathy Mattea is worthy of a Grammy.
Best Contemporary Folk Album: John Prine, Fair & Square
This category continues to surprise. Prine beat out Bruce Springsteen, Nickel Creek, Rodney Crowell (my pick) and Ry Cooder. I have no idea who the hell that last guy is, but he’s in great company. Keep an eye on Rosanne Cash’s new CD; it might take this one home next year.