Southern Musicians Win Big At 2012 Grammys

February 12, 2012 | By | Comments (6)

Results are in for the 2012 Grammy Awards and the South has won big. (Do we do music right down here or what?)

To celebrate, we bring you some of our favorite sounds of Southern winners.

Rebirth Brass Band took home their first Grammy for “Best Regional Roots Album,” “Rebirth of New Orleans.” The album was released by independent New Orleans-based Basin Records (gotta love a grassroots win!)

We love their song “Do Watcha Wanna.” Video filmed in the French Quarter.



The Civil Wars were also first-time Grammy Winners for their debut album “Barton Hollow,” which won for “Best Country Duo” and “Best Folk Album.” The duo consists of Nashville’s Joy Williams and John Paul White, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

They did a short performance before introducing Taylor Swift, which was fantastic.


Arkansas-native Levon Helm took home his third Grammy in four years for his “Ramble at The Ryman.” The former drummer of The Band was honored for “Best Americana Album” for the recording made in 2008 at the legendary Nashville theater.


Memphis native Booker T. Jones received a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental” for his album “The Road From Memphis.”

Here he is performing Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything.”


Also receiving lifetime achievement awards were Southern sons Glen Campbell:


And the Allman Brothers:


Congratulations, winners! We know that some of the best music comes from The South, and love it when the rest of the world sees (and hears that) too. And we’re eager to hear about future Grammy winners. Let us know about those up-and-coming, emerging Southern musicians we should be following! Tweet us @southern_living. 

Related Links:

Southern Living Talks with Miranda Lambert

Nashville’s Music Finding App 


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  3. Erin Street

    Thanks so much for the additions — noted! We’re so lucky to live in a region with such gifted musicians. Thanks for your comments.

    February 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm
  4. Lark Reynolds

    Also forgot to mention Laura Story’s Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian song for ‘Blessings.’ Story is from Spartanburg, S.C. and lives in Atlanta.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm
  5. Lou Turner

    You forgot to add Tedeschi Trucks Band for Best Blues Album – they are southern!

    February 13, 2012 at 8:08 am
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