Finally, it’s good to see a very different pair of singers who seem poised for bigger things. Girls Guns & Glory frontman Ward Hayden doesn’t place in the male vocals category, but I’m betting his mighty voice is a large part of the reason his band won as Best Roots Act. It’s hard to recall the last local singer who’s done the high-lonesome Roy Orbison thing so well — maybe Dennis Brennan, who also places here. And the charismatic singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding came out of Berklee to make fast waves on the jazz circuit. Her win in the jazz category was perhaps the year’s most obvious shoo-in, which is fine with me.
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