Local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat hopes being listed in the first round of nominees for the 2010 Grammy Awards will win the group some exposure. The band is, clockwise from bottom left, Pat Waters, Bryan Joyce, Andrew Henry, Peter Hall and Ryan Cox.

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Local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat hopes being listed in the first round of nominees for the 2010 Grammy Awards will win the group some exposure. The band is, clockwise from bottom left, Pat Waters, Bryan Joyce, Andrew Henry, Peter Hall and Ryan Cox.

Missed the Boat gets 1st-round Grammy nomination

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TV18's Erin McDaniel got a chance to interview Steamboat's local band Missed the Boat at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.

TV18's Erin McDaniel got a chance to interview Steamboat's local band Missed the Boat at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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For more information about Missed the Boat, go to www.missedtheboat.... The group's next public show in Steamboat is at 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

— Local band Missed the Boat recently added "Grammy-nominated" to its name.

The idea of being nominated for the music industry's most prestigious awards is new to the band, which formed in late 2007 and has been playing a danceable blend of bluegrass, folk and rock for audiences in Steamboat Springs ever since.

"You know, our reaction was just like everyone else's: 'What? No way,'" said Ryan Cox, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Missed the Boat. Singer-songwriter Paula Mengarelli submitted the band for nomination.

"It was awfully hard to believe until we started doing some digging and talking to (Mengarelli)," said Bryan Joyce, the band's bassist. Missed the Boat also includes mandolin player Andrew Henry, drummer Pat Waters and harmonica player Peter Hall.

Mengarelli nominated the band in four categories: song of the year, best new artist, best country song and best country album. There are 109 categories for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony is Jan. 10, 2010, and a final list of nominations will be out later this year.

How it happened

Missed the Boat got into the long list of first-round Grammy nominees based on songs from "Rollin'," the band's first full-length album.

Recorded at Chicago Recording Company during two days in January, "Rollin'" ended up in the hands of the Recording Academy when Henry Cox - Ryan Cox's father and a corporate real estate associate of Mengarelli's - handed her a copy of the disc. She listened to the CD, called Cox to make sure he didn't mind her approval, and nominated the band for the Grammy categories she thought would suit them best.

"It's that new country. It's not that twangy country that has been out there for years, but it's got a really great sound to it, a sound that all ages will listen to and not get bored with," Mengarelli said. "It was very tight; it was a very tight sound."

The first list of Grammy nominees will go out to voters in a month or two, she said. There are four rounds of voting, she said, with names knocked off the list at each round.

Mengarelli has been a member of the Recording Academy since 1999, and she acquired voting rights for the Grammys based on a release that included the song "Great American Country," which topped the charts in Australia, she said. Missed the Boat is the first band she's submitted as a nominee.

"In all the years that I've been with the Grammys, this is the first time that I've felt comfortable enough to nominate a group," Mengarelli said. "I get thrown a lot of CDs my way, and you want to be careful what you put your name on."

Cox and his band mates understand that getting a vote doesn't mean they'll be hearing their names at the Grammy Awards ceremony in January.

"There can be 1,000 or more nominees in each category," Cox said. Still, his band is reeling from the prospect of putting the tag "Grammy-nominated" next to its name.

"It's what they always say at the podium: 'It's an honor just to be nominated,'" Hall said.

The road from here

The band hopes a Grammy-associated stamp of approval will certify Missed the Boat as a name worth hiring and hearing. When the band's name shows up on the first round of nominations, voting members might go to Missed the Boat's Web site for more music and information, Mengarelli said.

"There are going to be thousands of entries that go in, and they're going up against groups and artists that are well-known - you know, Brad Paisley, Beyonce," Mengarelli said. "But what this does is, it will give them exposure, because the National Recording Association will listen to their music. : That's the bottom line, you never know who's listening to your music."

For now, the band plans to concentrate on getting some Front Range gigs, playing regularly in Steamboat and putting together another record as soon as this winter. Missed the Boat opened for Freddy Jones Band at the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series on Friday, bringing in guest drummer Dan Caro to fill in for Waters.

Cox said the band has plenty of room to grow but has come a long way in a short time.

"Bryan (Joyce) and Pat (Waters) have played in a number of bands, and for Andrew (Henry) and I, this is the first serious band we've been in, and we're extremely passionate about it," Cox said.

"Sometimes we have our differences about where to play and when to play and what to play, but when we get on stage it's just all smiles."

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