A Greenup County native musician and his bandmates received one of the most prestigious awards in music Sunday when they won a Grammy at at The Grammy Awards.
The Traveling McCourys were recognized at The Grammy Awards for “Best Bluegrass Album”for their self-titled album The Traveling McCourys. Jason Carter, a Greenup County native, and member of The Traveling McCourys, was incredibly grateful for the Grammy Award recogntion.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Carter said. “This is the first CD we put out by ourselves, and to win a Grammy for this is pretty unbelievable and pretty unexpected. To be nominated was one thing, but to actually win was very unexpected.”
The Traveling McCourys have traveled together for the last 10 years. Carter said The Traveling McCourys originated from bluegrass legend and pioneer Del McCoury of the Del McCoury Band. Del McCoury, who will be celebrating his 80th Birthday at the Grand Ole Opry next week, encouraged the band to go out on their own.
“I think the best part of this was that Del McCoury was there,” Carter said. “It was a really great honor and very unexpected.”
The other nominees for Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammy Awards were Wood and Wire, Sister Sadie, Special Consensus, and Mike Barnett, Carter said.
“They’re all great musicians and friends of mine,” Carter said.
Carter is alumni of the Greenup County High School Class of 1991, and a member of the list of legendary musicians who once lived along U.S. 23, The Country Music Highway. Carter was honored with his own sign along The Country Music Highway.
Carter said that the support from Greenup and surrounding communities has been incredibly humbling.
“It’s always good to hear from back home,” Carter said. “I had a lot of messages from back home after the Grammy Awards. It’s always good to hear from everybody back there.”
“We’re very proud of him,” Karen Sue Carter, mother of Jason Carter said. “We’re all just so proud.”
Jason Carter’s brother, Jeff, is also a well known musician.