Kacey Musgraves hit the County category hard, with wins for “Butterflies” (Best Country Solo) and “Space Cowboy” (Best Country Song) and Best County Album for Golden Hour, before the big BIG win of the night for Record of the Year. Still think she can do better. Still think Kacey’s better than anything else on Country radio so yeah, she deserves the Grammy (in plural). She and the girls did a nice tribute to Dolly Parton, too, so points for homage.
Brandi Carlile swept American Roots with “The Joke” (Best Performance, Best Song) and overall By the Way I Forgive You took Best Americana Album. Losing out to the Childish Gambino phenom “This is America” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, no shame in that. Good for her.
The Punch Brothers took Best Folk Album for All Ashore, which is a real diss to Dom Flemons’ Black Cowboys and Mary Gauthier’s Rifles & Rosary Beads, both better efforts in my book–tho Punch is seldom poor, the others are simply superior. I can’t argue with Buddy Guy’s The Blues is Alive and Well, as Best Traditional Blues Album.
No need to dwell on the past. I’m looking forward to new releases from Patty Griffin, Ryan Bingham and Steve Earle (already playing his cover of Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues” on a daily rotation). Bill Chambers’ 1952 is a nice addition to 2019 from down under, too. No worries, mate, gonna be a good year for music this year.