Folk legend and Beacon resident Pete Seeger is contending for a Grammy Award tonight. UPDATE: HE WON!!!
The album "Tomorrow's Children" by Seeger With The Rivertown Kids And Friends and produced by Appleseed Records, received the nomination in the Best Musical Album For Children category.
According to the record label, "When Beacon fourth-grade teacher Tery Udell invited Clearwater educator and singer Dan Einbender to teach her students about the Hudson, class sessions became songfests, and where there are songs, there’s Pete. He became a regular visitor to the kids’ classroom in 2007.
"The classroom gatherings and performances inevitably led to a series of recordings by Pete, Dan, musician and CD co-producer (with Dan) David Bernz, the children (known as “The Rivertown Kids”), as well as adult musicians, high schoolers and even 14 grammar school percussion students." Collaborators of the album also included Dar Williams and Seeger's wife Toshi.
Another area resident up for a Grammy is Woodstock's Steve Earle, who received a nomination in the Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media category. Earle's song, "This City," was featured on the HBO show "Treme," which has as a cast member Melissa Leo of Stone Ridge. UPDATE: HE LOST
Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late Johnny Cash, and who has a home in Columbia County, is nominated in the Best Americana category for "The List."
Also nominated is "Healthy Food for Thought" in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category, and Phoenicia's Robert Burke 'Uncle Rock' Warren contributed in that effort. UPDATE: THE ALBUM LOST.
And finally, Cory Boris, a Kingston High School senior and trombonist, is set to perform with a Grammy Jazz Band during the Grammy ceremony tonight
The Grammy Awards will take place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS.