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February 12, 2007
Mary Youngblood on the road


Lest you think that the Grammys are only littered with the Diddys and the JT's of the world, Sacramento was represented at the who's who of music fests on Sunday night, and with a coveted gold statuette, to boot. Local flutist/singer Mary Youngblood won the second Grammy of her career for best Native American music album ("Dance With The Wind").

For Youngblood, of Fair Oaks, it was a career-affirming honor that only meant that much more because she got to share it with her family - her fiance and four children.

And she was still ecstatic the day after.

"The true gift of this was being there with them," she says on the phone earlier today while making the drive back to Sac. "The whole experience was like a big smile. And I'm still smiling."

This being her second win (and her third nomination), Youngblood has experienced the glitz and glamour of the Grammy scene before. For Sunday night's gala,Youngblood - who is half Chugach Aleut and half Seminole - wore a black ensemble by Native American designer Dorothy Grant with accents of her tribal colors of red and black.

She's hoping the double accolade of two Grammys will present opportunities to work with artists she admires, such as Sting and Anoushka Shankar. She is just beginning work with a new ensemble called Mary Youngblood and the Sisters of the Earth. She continues to give flute lessons locally and is looking forward to releasing a new album at about this time next year.

"It's really wide open at this point," she says. "It's a really exciting time."

To read more of The Bee's coverage of the Grammys, go here.

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