[image-1] Nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were announced earlier today and Charleston-based band Ranky Tanky earned a nom for Best Regional Roots album with Good Time.

The album, released in July, came as a surprise to our music writer, Vincent Harris, who didn’t expect a big release from a band who had been working so much in the past two years. But what a welcome surprise it was.
[content-4] The Gullah-inspired jazz, soul, funk, and gospel album features Quiana Parler (vocals), Charlton Singleton (trumpet, vocals), Clay Ross (guitar, vocals), Kevin Hamilton (bass), and Quentin E. Baxter (drums).

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When City Paper talked to Ranky Tanky following the album’s release, they noted that a “garage band mentality” kept them in the zone and inspired to create Good Time. Hamilton told CP: “The attitude is ‘Let’s just have fun with it and see what sounds good.'”

Other S.C. connections in this year’s nominations:
Sam Beam, the Chapin native who performs as Iron & Wine, was nominated in Best American Roots Performance and Best Americana Album for work on a joint album with Calexico, Years to Burn.
Aziz Ansari, the Columbia-born comedian, earned a nomination for Best Comedy Album.

Check out the full list of Grammy nominees online. The 62nd annual Grammys take place on Jan. 26, 2020.