Mountain Melodies: Taking It All in Stride

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Grammy nominations are just another day at the office for respected guitar picker Norman Blake.

By STEVEN STIEFEL

In December, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences announced Norman Blake’s album “Wood, Wire & Words,” his first recording of all-original songs in more than 30 years, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Folk Album.

Chattanooga-born Blake is a nine-time nominee, having won once.

While humbled by the honor, he approached the latest nomination with the sort of nonchalance one would expect to find from someone who treasures his small town roots more than the glitz of fame.

“I finally won the eighth time, but it’s been a spell between then and now,” Blake says. “I don’t expect to win because it’s largely political. It’s about how big your label is to some extent.”

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