Mighty Poplar Nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammy Awards

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Thursday, December 28, 2023

Mighty Poplar, an all-star bluegrass ensemble, has been honored with a nomination for Best Bluegrass Album at this year's Grammy Awards. Comprising some of the most talented musicians in the genre, the group brings together Andrew Marlin of Watchhouse, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers, Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, and Alex Hargreaves, known for his work with Billy Strings.

Their self-titled debut album, released on March 31st, 2023, is a testament to the band's mastery of bluegrass music and its rich traditions. Recorded in a rural studio outside Nashville, the album captures the essence of bluegrass with a collection of songs ranging from early Appalachian string band tunes to contemporary compositions.

The nomination recognizes Mighty Poplar's commitment to the roots of bluegrass while infusing their music with a fresh, modern sensibility. The album includes reimagined classics from icons such as Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, John Hartford, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Norman Blake, showcasing the band's versatility and deep respect for the genre.

Mighty Poplar's album has been praised for its authentic sound, a product of the members' spontaneous and collaborative recording process. The Grammy nomination highlights not only their individual talents but also their collective chemistry, proving that they are more than the sum of their parts.

The Grammy Awards, known for recognizing the best in music, will be held on February 4th, 2024. Mighty Poplar's nomination places them among the elite in the bluegrass genre, celebrating their significant contribution to the musical landscape.