The Okee Dokee Brothers win Grammy for Best Children's Album
Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota-based Okee Dokee Brothers. They just picked up the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album for Can You Canoe?, a record inspired by a canoe trip down the Mississippi River.
The duo of Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing accepted the award in the pre-taped portion of the Grammys on Sunday afternoon.
In his remarks, Mailander thanks the Grammys for singling out independently made children's music. "Joe and I grew up together, so this has been a dream of ours for a while," Lansing said. "Never saw this coming, but it's happening."
Aside from a bit of celebrating, Mailander told Gimme Noise recently that they already have plans for their next album. "We're
writing a new album about the Appalachian Trail," he said. "We're going to go out
there this spring and hike for a month, and write songs about the roots
of this type of music for kids. This solidifies in our confidence in
what we're doing here. We can continue down this path, and there's some
people out there who understand what we're doing."
Additional Minnesota-tied winners include Lila Downs and René Clausen. Downs, who grew up in Roseville, won Best Regional Mexican Music Album for her Pecados Y Milagros . Three Grammys went to Clausen, a professor at Concordia College. Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen by the Kansas City Chorale snagged Best Engineered Album: Classical, and Best Choral Performance. Clausen also won Producer of the Year: Classical.
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