Patty Griffin and Hayes Carll among local Grammy nominees

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin performs during the SIMS Foundation's 20th Anniversary Star Party at KLRU Studios on Satirday, December 5, 2015. Griffin's latest album, "Servant of Love," received a Grammy nomination Monday morning. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.
Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin performs during the SIMS Foundation’s 20th-anniversary celebration at KLRU Studios on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Griffin’s latest album, “Servant of Love,” received a Grammy nomination Monday morning. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Songwriters Patty Griffin and Hayes Carll are among Austin’s nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards, which will be awarded on Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.

Griffin’s album “Servant of Love” is up for Best Folk Album in a field that also includes Rhiannon Giddens, Glen Hansard, Norman Blake, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Griffin won a Grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album in 2011 for her album “Downtown Church.” In a short statement Monday morning, Griffin said, “Nice of them to give an old girl a nod.”

Carll received a Best Country Song nomination for “Chances Are,” a standout track on Lee Ann Womack’s album “The Way I’m Livin’.” Other nominees in the category are songs recorded by Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brandy Clark and Chris Stapleton. “Chances Are” also is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance, though that award goes to the performer rather than the songwriter.

“To say the least I am grateful to Lee Ann for recording ‘Chances Are,’ and as a songwriter, I am blown away to have the song nominated,” Carll responded via text on Monday morning.

Conductor Craig Hella Johnson’s choral group Conspirare, which broke through with its first Grammy win last year, is nominated again this year in the Best Choral Performance category for the album “Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings.”

Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds and Dick Reeves, a team of designers for Austin label Bismeaux Records, got a Best Recording Package nomination for their work on Asleep at the Wheel’s “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.”

Notably absent from the nominations are Austin artists Gary Clark Jr. and Willie Nelson, both of whom released high-profile albums in 2015. Much as Nelson’s records lately seem to be falling between the cracks of the Grammys’ country and Americana categories (he also wasn’t nominated last year despite a chart-topping record), so might be the case for Clark, whose “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” may have split potential votes between traditional blues and rock categories. He’s been nominated in both genres previously.

Texas is also represented in the nominations by two Fort Worth acts: Leon Bridges, whose “Coming Home” is up for Best R&B Album; and Kirk Franklin, nominated for Best Gospel Performance/Song for “Wanna Be Happy?” And there’s a local connection in the Best Children’s Album category: Tim Kubart’s “Home” includes an assistant producer/composer credit for Matt Puckett of Austin group Mother Falcon.

Check out the full list of nominees on the Grammy website. Top overall nominees included Kendrick Lamar with 11, and Taylor Swift and the Weeknd with seven each.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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