North Country Roots Rockers, Waydown Wailers on the Grammy Ballot

Canton’s Waydown Wailers appear on the ballot for three Grammy award nominations, all stemming from their latest album Empty Promises.


The Waydown Wailers sophomore album Empty Promises, released earlier this year, is on the Grammy nomination ballot for Best Americana Album. Their song “Jealousy” off the album is on the ballot for Best Americana Roots Song, and their cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Susie Q,” which appears as a bonus track on the album, is on the ballot for Best Americana Roots Performance. Only five finalists will receive nominations in each category, selected by the voting members of the Recording Academy.

The band consists of brother Dave and Christian “Moe” Parker, both on guitar with Dave on lead vocals, along with Michael “Scruffy” Scriminger on drums and percussion and Connor Pelkey on bass and vocals. They released their debut album, State of the Union, in 2013. They plan to begin recording their third album later this month.

The Waydown Wailers have a couple performances coming up in New York. They’ll play the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 18 with Donna the Buffalo and Annie in the Water. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. They also make a hometown appearance on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Stadium Sports Bar in Canton with special guests the Gathering. This show starts at 7:00 p.m.

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