New Orleans and Louisiana artists among Grammy nominees
New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint scored two Grammy nominations Friday night, topping a list of local nominees that includes jazzman Terence Blanchard, the Hot 8 Brass Band and a father and son: Bishop Paul S. Morton and his son, PJ Morton.
Toussaint earned two nominations, in the Best Americana Album category for his album "Songbook," and for a song on that same Rounder CD, "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed." It was nominated for Best American Roots Song. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle, an early cast member of the HBO series "Treme" is also nominated in that song category.
Toussaint has never earned a Grammy, although he's won scores of music industry awards, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was honored with a special Recording Academy Trustee award in 2009. Toussaint has been nominated before, but these would be his first traditional Grammy wins.
The New Orleans based Hot 8 Brass Band is also a first time nominee, gaining its nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album for their album "The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band." Also nominated in that category are Louisiana Cajun and zydeco artists Zachary Richard and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.
New Orleans native Terence Blanchard earned a nomination in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo, for the song "Don't Run," a track from his "Magnetic" album on Blue Note Records. Blanchard has won four previous Grammys.
An album by New Orleans native Andrew Duhon is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The singer-songwriter's folk pop album "The Moorings" was released in April and earned a nomination for the team of Trina Shoemaker and Eric Conn.
New Orleans-based Bishop Paul S. Morton, of the Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, earned a nomination in the best gospel album category. His son, songwriter PJ Morton, earned a nomination as well for "Only One," the track he wrote for Stevie Wonder, which is nominated in the category of Best R&B Song. The song was produced in part by the Cash Money label, founded in New Orleans.
Singer-songwriter Bobby Rush, a native of Claiborne Parish in north Louisiana, earned a nomination in the Best Blues Album category for "Down in Louisiana."
Louisiana native Hunter Hayes, of Breaux Bridge, earned a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance this year.