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Winnipeg band receives recognition at Grammys

Winnipeg band The Bros. Landreth had much to celebrate as they watched this years Grammys. The song they wrote, helped singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt take home the Grammy for Best Americana Performance. Mike Albanese reports.

By Mike Albanese

“I want to thank the brothers Landreth for writing this kickass song.”

A shout-out on music’s biggest night is a dream for any musician, and it just happened to become a reality for Winnipeg band The Brothers Landreth this weekend.

“Hearing our names, come out of her mouth – on stage – at the Grammys was just surreal,” said Dave Landreth. “I literally jumped out of my seat and like, whooped.”

 

Bonnie Raitt accepts Best Americana Performance award at the 65th Grammys.

American Blues Singer and songwriter Bonnie Raitt took home the Best Americana Performance award at the 65th Grammys, and the first people she thanked were the Winnipeg writers of the song ‘Made up Mind’.

“It was too much, it was just amazing and she didn’t have to do that you know the award was not for the song it was for her performance of the song it was for her band and the first thing she did was get up there and acknowledge us as writers and that’s testament to the grace and class that she is known for,” said Landreth.


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The song was written in 2014. Raitt first met the Brothers at Winnipeg Folk fest that same year. Landreth says Raitt watched their set and invited them backstage.

“When we got back there she handed us a bouquet of… I guess somebody had given her a bouquet of flowers and said hey is your mom around is she here you should give these flowers to her – again just sort of like kind of paints a picture for what kind of person she is,” said Landreth.

“At the end of that conversation, that hang, she said guys by the way, I don’t know if you know this about me I’m always looking for good songs so if you ever have, if you’re sitting on anything you think I might like or if you write something you think I might enjoy send it to me.”

The Bros Landreth.

Nine years later, the song about a relationship coming to an end, garnered a new one between the Winnipeg artists and Raitt. It’s been a single on Raitts record, was performed on Jimmy Kimmel, and now has was a Grammy to it’s name.

“This owes us nothing, Bonnie owes us nothing – we’re just along for the ride.”

The band and Bonnie have been in touch about the big win, but have more plans to celebrate in Australia in a few months at an upcoming festival where they’re both performing.

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