10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were bestowed on Jan. 31 and a large part of this show is devoted to some of the winners in the roots music categories and one classical category with a folk connection that we had not programmed extensively during 2009. They are diverse offerings, to say the least.
I ended the night with one of the nominees for "Best Traditional Folk Album" that would have been a delicious irony had it won, since the late U. Utah Phillips (for whom the double CD is a tribute) was generally disdainful of awards. There were also selections from the new Gretchen Peters album with Tom Russell and one instrumental from Sarah McQuaid's reissue of two early CDs as a double CD set (www.sarahmcquaid.com). I was smitten with her albums and programmed them quite a bit last year. Look for her because she will be touring America in late February and March (alas, no dates in Connecticut or Long Island, but there are some in Massachusetts).