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Gary Clark Jr., Sarah Jarosz among musicians to nab Grammy nominations

Eric Webb

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 7, 2013

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.

Guitarist Clark, who was born, raised and lives in Austin, earned nods for two songs off of his “Blak and Blu” album: “Ain’t Messin’ Around” for best rock song and “Please Come Home” for best R&B performance. Jarosz, the prodigy singer/songwriter/mandolinist from Wimberley, received a best folk album nomination for “Build Me Up From Bones” and a best American roots song nod for that album’s title track.

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.