Winnipeg, Canada – Despite the chilling temperatures, Winnipeggers found some warmth with the news that one of their many best-kept secrets is finally common knowledge. When Grammy nominations were announced, hometown heroes The Duhks (pronounced DUCKS) garnered a nomination in the Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocal category (for established duos or groups with vocals, Singles or Tracks only) for the song Heaven’s My Home. The song, whose vocals are sung by soulful gospel-inspired 23 year old Jessee Havey, with the support of bandmates Leonard Podolak, fiddler-vocalist Tania Elizabeth, percussionist Scott “Senor” Senior, and guitarist-luthier Jordan McConnell, is from Migrations, which was released in North America on September 12, 2006.
Also nominated in this category are The Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice, Little Big Town’s Boondocks (from The Road to Here), Rascal Flatts’ What Hurts The Most (from Me and My Gang) and The Wreckers Leave the Pieces (from Stand Still, Look Pretty).The Juno award-winning band recorded the album in Nashville with bluegrass and folk veteran Tim O’Brien and Grammy award winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa (who himself was again nominated this year for his work in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy’s Adieu False Heart.)
Finally achieving their impossible goal of capturing their signature powerful live performance style on a disc, the album’s 11 tracks provide a discursive tour of some folk and gospel gems, ranging from a new arrangement of songs from the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Georgia sea Island traditions to a cover of Tracy Chapman’s Mountain’s of Things to brand new tunes written by the band themselves. It is their intuitive journey through different genres that provides a unique sheen to their music; blending acoustic influences from Brazilian, Cuban, Folk, Soul, Bluegrass and Gospel to create a stamp that can only be described in a flurry of hyphenated adjectives.
The Duhks are currently on tour and reach Vancouver on December 13th for a show at St. James Hall and Calgary on December 15th for a show at Liberty Lounge.
Vancouver – Wednesday, December 13
St. James Hall
3214 10th Ave. West
Vancouver, BC V6K 2L2
Calgary – Friday, December 15
4825 Richard Rd. SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
18 & Over
GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 13 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 10, 2007, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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