Jay-Z may have scored the most nods (nine) at Friday's Grammy Award nominations, but the Recording Academy was also in a violet crown state of mind. Blues-rock wizard Gary Clark Jr., folk singer Sarah Jarosz, legendary bluesman James Cotton and progressive bluegrass band The Greencards — all of whom claim strong Austin ties — scored nominations for the prestigious award.
Former Muddy Waters harmonica player and Austin resident James Cotton's "Cotton Mouth Man" was nominated for best blues album. The Greencards, a roots group also calling Austin home, will duke it out with Jarosz — their "Sweetheart Of The Sun" is also nominated for best folk album.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air Jan. 26 on CBS.