Another Hyattsville Resident Up for a Grammy

Photograph of Woody Guthrie courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Photograph of Woody Guthrie courtesy of the Library of Congress.

A Hyattsville resident is up for a Grammy for liner notes about Woody Guthrie.

Pete Reiniger, a Smithsonian Folkways engineer who lives in the Historic District, was nominated for Best Historical Album and Best Recording Packaging for his work on “Woody at 100,” a compilation for the folksinger’s 100th birthday.

(You may recall that his house was where Rahim AlHaj wrote the song “Morning in Hyattsville.”)

As we noted in December, fellow Hyattsville resident Stephen Wade was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Album Notes.

The Gazette talked with the two musicians about the Grammys, which will be held Feb. 10:

As for the Guthrie album, Reiniger said he was proud to have received the nominations for the album, which contains a 150-page book about Guthrie and two discs with dozens of tracks, many of them previously unreleased.

Reiniger, who did audio work on the album, said he and his co-producers thought Guthrie’s 100th birthday was a good time to release the album, given that Guthrie’s work still inspires musicians today, from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan.

He said he thought it was great that two residents from the same city were nominated for awards.

“It just reflects on the quality of the music and the products that come out of the Washington area,” Reiniger said. “The fact that we live [in] Hyattsville is circumstantial.”

Previously: Hyattsville Resident Nominated for a Grammy

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