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Springsteen, The Stones, Allman, & The Dead Among Artists With Grammy Noms

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Vintage rockers garnered up quite a few major nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The Rolling Stones’ recent covers collection, Blue & Lonesome, was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album, with Bruce Springsteen snagging the nom for Best Spoken Word Album for his reading of his autobiography, Born To Run. The late-Gregg Allman was nominated in the Best Americana Album category for his Southern Blood collection, with the track “My Only True Friend” singled out in the Best Americana Roots Song category. Otis Redding’s Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings is up for Best Album Notes for its writer Lynell George.

The soundtrack to the Grateful Dead’s massive documentary, Long Strange Trip, has been nominated for Best Music Film, Yusef Islam/Cat Stevens’ The Laughing Apple is up for Best Folk Album, Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” earned the late-songwriter a nom for Best Rock Performance, with Metallica’s Hardwired. . . To Self-Destruct up for Best Rock Album. Roger Waters’ Is This The Life We Really Want? got the nom for Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical, and Foo Fighters are up for Best Rock Song for “Run.”

After the first day of sessions running through the assorted blues material that makes up Blue & Lonesome, Mick Jagger said he went the extra mile to ensure the Stones didn’t cover the same ground for the next two sessions: “The producer, Don Was, said to me, ‘You’d better get a list of blues songs, ’cause I think everyone’s going to wanna do more tomorrow.’ So, I went and did my homework and sat at my computer and looked at my blues collection and made a list. I tried to pick the ones that we’d never done before. That was one criteria. And the other one was different tempos and different artists and that sort of came together and we did 12 songs. And we mixed it, and I said, ‘What are we gonna do with that?’ (Laughs) So, we started to put it out, really simple.”

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented on January 28th at New York’s Madison Square Garden and airs live on CBS.

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