The Gem City got a shout-out from Ethan Hawke on the Oscars red carpet earlier this year; now, a Dayton native is getting a well-deserved Grammy nod.
Songwriter Morgan Taylor received a Grammy nomination in the Best Children's Album category for 2015's Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns CD/DVD set.
If you haven't heard of Gustafer Yellowgold yet, you should: Taylor created the character in 2005, and performs multi-media shows of live music, colored-pencil animations involving Gustafer (who, according to his Twitter page, "came from the Sun and now live(s) happily in Minnesota with Slim the Eel"), and storytelling. It's children's music that will appeal to those who enjoy the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, with simple-sounding songs that actually kinda tug at your heart strings and melodies that stay locked in your head.
He's opened for bands like Wilco and the Polyphonic Spree, and has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. Dark Pie Concerns is Taylor's eighth Gustafer Yellowgold release.
Veterans of Dayton's music scene may remember Taylor from his days performing as part of folk-rock group Glee and Beak. He also played in the band OO OO WA, and records his own alternative brand of music via SoundCloud.
Mashable named Gustafer Yellowgold's nominated album one of the 10 most random Grammy nominations of the year, stating that "Dark Pie Concerns already wins our hearts for best title." Ours too!
Huge congrats to our hometown boy! Here's hoping he wins the Gramophone!