Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album

Each year at the Grammy Awards, the Cajun and zydeco music genres receive awards for best album. While this is known as the Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy, this is a new title given to this category in 2011. Prior to that, the Grammy award was given to a single genre considered roots music, such as zydeco, Cajun, polka, Native American, and Hawaiian music. This year the BRRMA Grammy was awarded to Wilson Savoy, Steve Riley and Wayne Toups for the album “The Band Courtboullion.”

In 2012 the winner of the Best Regional Roots Music Album went for the album “Rebirth of New Orleans” by the Rebirth Brass Band. In 2011, the Grammy was in the category Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album, and it was awarded to Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp for the album “Zydeco Junkie.” The Grammy was awarded in the BZCMA category in 2010 and 2009 as well. Buckwheat Zydeco won in 2010 with the album “Lay Your Burden Down,” while Beausoleil’s album “Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival” was the winner of 2009.

At the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival we strive to support roots music with our annual festival that celebrates zydeco or Cajun music in the Simi Valley area.