Monday, February 9, 2009

The abbreviated Grammys

Good morning, today's edition of Six String Sanctuary is rated PG (Post Grammy).

No gold or glitter here, no speeches or lavish television production. Just a link to the list of winners. Isn't that what you really wanted?

I was happy (and surprised) to see "Raising Sand'' win five awards, including album of the year, and found myself scrambling this morning to find it in a stack of CDs. There it was, sandwiched between Pieta Brown and Andres Segovia (now that would be an interesting pairing). It's playing now.

Congratulations to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, who proved that the aging rocker/bluegrass fiddler pairing can work, especially if it's produced by T Bone Burnett.

Come to think of it, the 2002 album "Let's Leave This Town'' with Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez is also stellar, and more upbeat, but somehow that one stayed under the radar.

Did you know that the complete list of the 2009 Grammy winners includes 110 categories, is 1,932 words and would take six pages to print?