Colorado music fans have good reason to tune into the Grammys on Jan. 26.
This year’s Colorado-based nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards include Boulder-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, Denver native India.Arie and instrumental jam-funk band Lettuce, the Recording Academy announced this morning.
Indie songwriter and organic farmer Isakov, whose essentially self-released his recent album “Evening Machines” in 2018 (on the Suitcase Music Town label, via Dualtone), has been riding a wave of sold-out shows and orchestral collaborations in recent years, as well as finding his music licensed by numerous commercials and TV shows.
“Evening Machines” was nominated for Best Folk Album and will compete against Andrew Bird, Che Apalche, Patty Griffin and Joy Williams’ latest releases for the golden trophy.
“There’s a lot of Colorado references on this new record because I wrote a lot of it down in the (Great) Sand Dunes (National Park), off Highway 285,” Isakov told The Denver Post in 2018. “I would go camping there because the farm is really busy sometimes, with people stopping by and it being so close to everything.”
Lettuce, which formed in Boston in 1992 and plays Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on Dec. 7, was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. It’s competing against Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Theo Croker, Mark Guiliana and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Lettuce’s album “Elevate” was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios, and two of its members — drummer Adam Deitch and guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff — are now Denver residents, according to Westword.
India.Arie, a Denver native who already has four Grammy Awards under her belt, was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Steady Love.” That follows Arie’s first-ever Billboard No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart earlier this month with the song.
The physical Grammy Awards, incidentally, are made in Colorado by artist John Billlings, who handcrafts each of the statuettes in his studio on Colorado’s Western Slope.
Watch the Grammy Awards telecast live on KCNC-TV Channel-7 on Jan. 26 and check out the full list of nominees at grammy.com.