The Juno Award nominees were announced today and there was little joy for the roots folks this year. In the ‘big’ categories, not a wiff of roots amongst the populist material that keeps the industry afloat.
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo- the nominees are
Amelia Curran- Spectators
Annabelle Chvostek- Rise
Corb Lund- Cabin Fever
Old Man Luedecke- Tender is the Night
Rose Cousins- We Have Made A Spark
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group- the nominees are
Elliott Brood- Days Into Years
Great Lake Swimmers- New Wild Everywhere
Le Vent du Nord- Tromper le temps
The Strumbellas- My Father and the Hunter
The Wooden Sky- Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon A Sun
I haven’t heard all of these albums, and will endeavor to correct that, but as it stands today, if I had a Juno ballot- and I don’t- I would put a ticky tick beside Corb Lund’s name and the Great Lake Swimmers. New Wild Everywhere was prominent on my Polaris 2012 ballot- as was The Wooden Sky and Rose Cousins, for that matter- but I give the edge to Great Lake Swimmers as it is a more listenable, more engaging and far-reaching album, I believe. At the same time, I sure wouldn’t be upset to see The Wooden Sky walk away with the prize.
To be fair, Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever is every bit a group album as anything in the other category. Still, it is placed where it is and would be a deserving winner. I’ll be advocating Cabin Fever for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.
All nominees are listed at the Juno Page and the ceremony is April 21 in Regina.
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