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See the Grammy Award Winners in American Roots Music Categories

Jan 26, 2020

See the Grammy Award Winners in American Roots Music Categories

Here are the winners in the American Roots Music categories, presented today in Los Angeles.

Best American Roots Performance

For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

[WINNER] “Saint Honesty,” Sara Bareilles

“Father Mountain,” Calexico and Iron & Wine

“I’m on My Way,” Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi

“Call My Name,” I’m With Her

“Faraway Look,” Yola


Best American Roots Song

A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

“Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)

[WINNER] “Call My Name,” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)

“Crossing to Jerusalem,” Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)

“Faraway Look,” Dan Auerbach, Yola & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)

“I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)


Best Americana Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

Years to Burn, Calexico and Iron & Wine

Who Are You Now, Madison Cunningham

[WINNER] Oklahoma, Keb’ Mo’

Tales of America, J.S. Ondara

Walk Through Fire, Yola


Best Bluegrass Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

[WINNER] Tall Fiddler, Michael Cleveland

Live in Prague, Czech Republic, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Toil, Tears & Trouble, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Royal Traveller, Missy Raines

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen


Best Traditional Blues Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

Kingfish, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

[WINNER] Tall, Dark & Handsome, Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men + Dana

Sitting on Top of the Blues, Bobby Rush

Baby, Please Come Home, Jimmie Vaughan

Spectacular Class, Jontavious Willis


Best Contemporary Blues Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

[WINNER] This Land, Gary Clark Jr.

Venom & Faith, Larkin Poe

Brighter Days, Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Somebody Save Me, Sugaray Rayford

Keep On, Southern Avenue


Best Folk Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental folk recordings.

My Finest Work Yet, Andrew Bird

Rearrange My Heart, Che Apalache

[WINNER] Patty Griffin, Patty Griffin

Evening Machines, Gregory Alan Isakov

Front Porch, Joy Williams


Best Regional Roots Music Album

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental regional roots music recordings.

Kalawai’Anui, Amy Hānaiali’i

When It’s Cold – Cree Round Dance Songs, Northern Cree

[WINNER] Good Time, Ranky Tanky

Recorded Live at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rebirth Brass Band

Hawaiian Lullaby, (Various Artists), Imua Garza & Kimié Miner, producers


Photo Credit of I’m With Her: Lindsey Byrnes

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See the Grammy Award Winners in American Roots Music Categories
See the Grammy Award Winners in American Roots Music Categories