From Friday’s The Oklahoman.
Underdog Oklahoma musician John Fullbright earns Grammy nomination for debut studio album
Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill and Kelli O’Hara also are among the artists with Sooner State ties to get nods from The Recording Academy.
John Fullbright picked a new Facebook profile picture Thursday: the cartoon character Underdog.
The Bearden singer-songwriter adopted the animated avatar just hours after The Recording Academy announced that his debut studio album, “From the Ground Up,” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album.
“Hell of a day. Thanks, everybody,” Fullbright wrote Thursday on his Facebook page, which began to fill up with well-wishes from fans and fellow Oklahoma musicians soon after the nomination was revealed late Wednesday.
When the 55th Annual Grammy Awards are handed out Feb. 10, Fullbright, 24, indeed will face formidable competition: His album — funded through Kickstarter.com, released on his own Blue Dirt Records label and distributed via a deal with Nashville, Tenn.-based Thirty Tigers — is nominated alongside Bonnie Raitt’s “Slipstream,” Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” The Avett Brothers’ “The Carpenter” and the self-titled debut from The Lumineers, also nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy.
Along with Fullbright, Oklahoma has its own heavy hitters who will contend for Grammy glory in 2013, particularly in the country music categories.
Three artists with Sooner State ties are nominated in the Best Country Solo Performance category alone: Checotah native Carrie Underwood for her chart-topping story-song “Blown Away,” Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton for his hit power ballad “Over” and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn for his timely tale “Cost of Livin’.”
Dunn and Phillip Coleman also got a nod for Best Country Song for penning “Cost of Livin’,” while Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins are nominated in the category for writing Underwood’s “Blown Away.”
“Wrote songs all day. Just got home and my phone lights up a few minutes ago,” Dunn wrote on his Facebook after his two nominations were announced. “I’m speechless.”
Shelton’s wife and fellow Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert earned a Best Country Album nomination for her fourth effort, “Four the Record.” Shelton, an avid Twitter user, took to the social media site to praise his spouse.
“Congrats to the absolutely drop dead beautiful and ridiculously talented Miranda Lambert for her Grammy nomination!!!” Shelton tweeted.
The 11-piece Western swing band The Time Jumpers, which counts Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill among its members, got a Best Country Album nod for its self-titled studio debut. The Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred singer/songwriter/musician co-wrote and sings lead on the jaunty track “On The Outskirts Of Town,” which garnered the band a nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Gill’s propensity for musical collaborations is apparent with this year’s Grammy nominations: He, Dunn and Lawton-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell are among the guest stars on Jamey Johnson’s “Living for a Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran,” another Best Country Album nominee.
Also, Gill, Midwest City High School graduate Kevin Welch and Soper native Ray Wylie Hubbard are featured on “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark,” which is nominated for Best Folk Album.
Four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara, who was born in Elk City and raised in Edmond, shares principal soloist duties with Matthew Broderick on the Broadway cast recording of “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.
The lasting legacy of Okemah native Woody Guthrie can be seen in several Grammy categories — particularly appropriate since the musical world has spent 2012 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the folk icon’s birth.
Jeff Place and Robert Santelli, compilation producers, and Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer, are nominated for Best Historical Album for “Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection.” Art director Fritz Klaetke is competing for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for the centennial box set. And Elizabeth Mitchell’s “Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie” got a nod for Best Childen’s Album.
Art director Noah Wall is nominated for Best Recording Package for “Love This Giant,” the collaborative album from Tulsa-born singer/songwriter/musician St. Vincent and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne.
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West each earned a leading six nominations; the Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel got five nods a piece; and producer Jeff Bhasker, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig and Nas are each up for four awards.