Monday, February 14, 2011

Spokane musicians in cahoots with Grammy winner

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

After yesterday's Grammy ceremonies, Spokane musicians were — quite suddenly — in cahoots with a Grammy-winning producer. Kory Kruckenberg, who has worked with locals Karli Fairbanks, the Booze Fighters and Mon Cheri, took home a Grammy award last night for "Best Engineered Album, Classical" for his work on Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

When we first reached out to Kruckenberg, back in January about being nominated, he was flabbergasted.

"I was totally surprised. I had no idea," he said in an email. "I do a lot of orchestral recordings for film scores as well as classical projects. It's just part of what I do, and I have never thought about the potential for something like this to happen."

Well imagine his surprise when he won. 

Today, Kruckenberg wrote us from his phone today. He says he can't believe he's a Grammy winner: 

"It's a little overwhelming, really. I never in my life would have imagined being nominated for a Grammy, or WIN a Grammy, for that matter. I didn't even prepare a speech... So it was a total winger."

He says his stop at the Grammys comes in the middle of a massive road trip down the West Coast — one he's completed mostly by bike.

"I've been riding my bike and finding the best coffee I can everywhere I stop," he says. "I've also been camping out, so considering the amazing weather and bike rides, it is very likely I am the smelliest Grammy winner ever."


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Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...