Grammys Salute Rosanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show

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After nearly three decades since her first statuette, an overwhelmed Rosanne Cash picked up three Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles. She tearfully accepted them in person, overwhelmed by the recognition of her peers.

“A Feather’s Not a Bird” won in the categories of best American roots performance and best American roots song. She wrote the song with her husband, John Leventhal. In addition, Cash’s The River & the Thread claimed a Grammy for best Americana album. Even though she’s lived in New York City for decades now, the personal project traced her lineage to the South.

Upon the album’s release in January 2014, Cash told CMT Edge, “I think if everyone went to the Delta and Appalachia, you would see the roots … of who we are as Americans. It’s so important to who we are. It’s like being Irish and not knowing about Celtic music. You have to know.”

Cash’s first-ever Grammy was for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” presented for 1985 best country vocal performance, female. This year she also served as a presenter for the Grammys’ pre-telecast ceremony.

Just before the Americana categories were announced, Old Crow Medicine Show roused the Los Angeles crowd with “8 Dogs, 8 Banjos.” Minutes later, their project Remedy picked up a Grammy for best folk album.

Here is the version of “8 Dogs, 8 Banjos” the band performed last year in the CMT studio.


This is Old Crow Medicine Show’s second Grammy. Their first arrived two years ago when they shared a Grammy with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros in the long form video category for Big Easy Express.

Jerry Douglas’ side project, Earls of Leicester, is an exceptional tribute to his musical heroes, Flatt & Scruggs. Played flawlessly by all-stars in the acoustic community, the heartfelt collection won the Grammy for best bluegrass album. Going by the figures on Grammy.com, this is his 14th Grammy win.

“Flatt & Scruggs had it all. They had great musicianship. They had a show that entertained, which is something that bluegrass music has kind of lost. I would like to inject a little bit of what they did back into the mainstream just to juice it up again,” he told CMT Edge in September.

In addition, Americana soul star Mike Farris secured his first Grammy when Shine for All the People claimed best roots gospel album.

“We’re all here to offer ourselves to each other in a nonjudgmental, pure-love way, man, with no filter on the heart. We’re here to share our burdens with each other,” he told CMT Edge in December. “The music is a platform to get to that next conversation on a personal level with people that come see us or listen to our records to go, ‘You know what, man? I had a wonderful person that came into my life and shared with me, and I gained courage by it. And I gained courage to be vulnerable enough to let go of these things, man, and share them with somebody I could trust.’ That’s what I’m about.”

Jo-El Sonnier charted a couple of country hits in the 1980s, yet he’s been entirely focused on his Cajun roots for the last few decades. That loyalty was rewarded with his first-ever Grammy for best regional roots music album.

“My mission is to bring preservation for my culture and heritage,” he told CMT Edge in December. “We have to find a balance where we can all work together. That was my whole feeling making the album — finding a balance between traditional and contemporary. This is Cajun French music traditional style.”

Naturally, Sonnier titled the album The Legacy.

“This is not just for myself,” he added. “The legacy of unsung heroes and keeping music alive and bringing it to the generations is important. There is still hope. I hope that something magically manifests out of this thing. This music really was my first love. I want the public to feel the inspiration.”