Grammy goes to Beach Boys, not 'Smoky Mountain Music'

Brian Wilson poses backstage with the best historical album award for 'The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)' at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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Brian Wilson poses backstage with the best historical album award for "The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)" at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The Smokies lost out to Southern California at the Grammys on Sunday night.

Among the nominations for Best Historical Album this year was "Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music," a collection of Appalachian music recorded in 1939.

Its 34 featured songs were captured by Joseph S. Hall, a graduate student at Columbia University who spent eight months in and around the Smokies documenting Appalachian music and speech.

Featuring families that had been displaced by the newly-created Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the field recordings were commissioned by the National Park Service in an attempt to preserve the area's oral history before the mountain culture gave way to the outside world.

The Grammy, however, ultimately went to "The Smile Sessions," a collection of Beach Boys recordings from 1966-67 originally intended as a follow-up to "Pet Sounds."

Other nominees included "Ram — Paul McCartney Archive Collection" and "Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection."

"We're definitely thrilled and honored to even be considered in the same league as them," said Steve Kemp, with the Great Smoky Mountains Association, which released the CD.

Also in the running Sunday night was Donald Brown, a linchpin in the Knoxville jazz scene who was part of two Grammy nominations.

Brown was co-producer on Kenny Garrett's "Seeds from the Underground," which was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Brown and fellow Knoxvillian Sanda Allyson also co-wrote the song "Ange," included on Denise Donatelli's "Soul Shadows," which was among the nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Neither album took home the award Sunday night.

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