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Terrance Simien Wins Grammy for ‘Best Regional Roots’ Album

Terrance Simien
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Terrance Simien is now a two-time Grammy award winner after he took home the trophy for “Best Regional Roots Music Album” for he and his band’s Dockside Sessions album.

The St. Landry Parish native was nominated in the category with fellow Louisiana natives Zachary Richard and Hot 8 Brass Band.

In his acceptance speech, Simien thanked both the Recording Academy not only for his award but for the lifetime achievement honor given to the late zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier.

Chenier’s fellow 2014 lifetime achievement honorees included the Beatles, the Isley Brothers and Kris Kristofferson. His son, C.J. Chenier, who’s also a zydeco musician, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.

Simien also thanked his wife and manager Cynthia along with the studio in Maurice where and his band recorded Dockside Sessions.

“This is the 10th Grammy album out of Dockside Studios,” Simien said. “If you wanna make a Grammy record, come down to Dockside Studios. They got the Grammy mojo, y’all. And I want to invite each and every one of y’all to come down to Louisiana.”

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