Next up is the Folk/Folk Rock category. During the initial eligibility period only five eligible entries were detected, two short of the standard field of seven nominees. Though they were announced in a previous post, by way of review. These were the five final nominees.
- Caedmon's Call - Raising Up The Dead
- Carolina Story - When The River Met The Sea
- Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go
- Sandra McCracken- In Feast or Fallow
- Andrew Peterson - Counting Stars
That left me with three nominees that fit the standard of Folk or Folk Rock, and two of those had the "wow factor" that is necessary to impress the judges and win the inaugural Best Folk/Folk Rock Album of the Year for 2010. To see how this was resolved, stay with me after the jump.
Three contenders, one award, and two entries which really wowed the judging. How to proceed. Providentially, (critics would say conveniently), the two best entries just happened to fit neatly into both halves of the genre, one in Traditional Folk and the other in Folk Rock. So with a decision reminiscent of the Wisdom of Solomon, I have split the award in to (this year only) and awarded two winners.
Best Traditional Folk Album for the Year 2010
- When The River Met The Sea - Carolina Story
Best Folk Rock Album for the Year 2010
- Letting Go - Jennifer Knapp
When the smoke cleared all that was left was the music, and what great music it was. Jen still has got it. Personally, I think it is her best CD to date. I think the friendly fire attack got her dander up, and considering its heritage back in the sixties, folk music seems to thrive with a little anger.
Now as to the music. There are elements of simple folk music, just Jen and her guitar (Fallen, On Love, Mr. Gray, Better Off), and at times, the girl can just down out rock (Inside, Dive In), but for the most part the album is Folk Rock (Want for Nothing, Letting Go, If it made a difference, Stone to the River), and that is how I finally classified it. Congratulations Jen on your Award, and btw, you are also in the running for Comeback of The Year (You've got a great chance, you're the only nominee)
One last time, Ladies, congratulations on your hard earned wins. You are the first Folk/Folk Rock winners in the history of the Platinum Vinyl Awards.