Austin artists Ruthie Foster, Eliza Gilkyson nominated for Grammys
Soulful pop singer Sam Smith was nominated in five categories in the initial announcement of 2015 Grammy nominees Friday morning, with the nominations continuing to roll out via @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter.
Update 1:32 p.m. Austin artist Ruthie Foster has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Blues Album for her release “Promise Of A Brand New Day.” Eliza Gilkyson has been nominated for Best Folk Album for “The Nocturne Diaries.”
No Austin acts were among the early nominations. Austinites frequently show up in the Americana category, but nominees announced for that category just prior to 11:30 a.m. are Rosanne Cash, John Hiatt, Keb Mo, Nickel Creek and Sturgill Simpson.
The 2015 Grammys cover releases from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014. High-profile Austin-area discs released during that window include Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” and Spoon’s “They Want My Soul,” with Gary Clark Jr.’s “Live” album also barely eligible per its Sept. 23 release date.
Possible nominees in genre-based fields beyond the major Grammy categories include Marcia Ball’s “The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man,” Ray Benson’s “A Little Piece,” Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison’s “Our Year” and the multi-artist Jackson Browne Tribute “Looking Into You” (on Austin label Music Road with local singer-songwriters including Jimmy LaFave, Bob Schneider and Kevin Welch).
Updates will be posted here as nominees are added.