Grammy nominee performs in Vail Friday night |

Grammy nominee performs in Vail Friday night

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Danny Sanchez

Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and … Linda Chorney. Which one of these names seems a little out of place? Chorney, of course. So what do the three women have in common? A Grammy nomination in the Americana album category. That’s right, Chorney, a former singer on the Vail apres circuit, scored a nomination for her self-produced, self-released album “Emotional Jukebox,” her sixth album. The news was announced Nov. 30 and since then, she’s gotten some buzz since she trumped several well-known artists in the genre. A story published recently is titled “How Linda Chorney, an Uknown, Scored a Grammy Nomination.” In those stories, she’s being called resourceful, an apt description considering she used the peer-to-peer function of the Recording Academy’s own site, Grammy 365, to befriend voting members, which in turn got her the nomination. Chorney played the Vail apres scene off and on since the early ’90s. That’s where George Hilliard, owner of Bearfish Bar & Grill where Chorney will perform tonight, met her. “Linda has a talent for getting outside the box; after all, women who behave rarely make history, right? Her voice has soul, you can’t manufacture that, although many try. Her songwriting is real, you don’t get a nomination for a Grammy in the Americana category unless you’re for real.”The last time she performed here was in 2007. She did a few shows at Eagle’s Nest for apres ski. That’s where she met her now-husband, Scott. “On one of those performances, I observed a man that was singing all of the lyrics to my songs so I went over and said hello,” Chorney said. “He told me he saw me play here at the Eagle’s Nest in 2002, and he had all of my CD’s. Long story short, we fell in love … I found love in Vail. That’s why we are here, skiing.”Chorney is going to be on TV8 this morning at 9:40 a.m. to talk about the nomination and she might perform a song or two, said TV8 morning show host Tricia Swenson.”I like her spirit – she’s been at this for a long time, 25 years, and it just goes to show, if you like something, keep on doing it, and who knows, you might end up being recognized eventually,” Swenson said.If Chorney’s website is any indication, this girl’s got spunk. “I’ve been making a living playing my music and some covers on occasion for 30 years,” she wrote on the site. “I never quit, and have been waiting a long time for my break. And son of a b****, at age 51, I just got it, via the support of Grammy 365.”On her blog,, Chorney posted about Vail this week.”Tomorrow I am going back to Vail, Colorado, where I sang for several seasons, freezing my butt off at the top of the Gondola. But I loved playing up there. It was good for my lungs at 10,000 feet … There are many really talented folks banging it out day by day in Vail: Rod Powell, Shannon Tanner, Phil Long, Mickey, Roy Bloomfield, Jake Wolfe, Brendan McKinney, Dave Anderson, and the very entertaining Steve Meyer.”

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