2013 JUNO Award Nominees- Roots Categories

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.

Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee. Donald

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