A Loveland native is up for a Grammy Award Sunday night. Courtney Hartman- who picked up a fiddle around age 3- is in the all girl band Della Mae. Their album, "The World Oft Can Be," has been nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category.

"It was such an honor and such a total surprise," Hartman said.

Hartman, 24, grew up in Loveland with her parents, seven younger siblings and two older sisters. Hartman started taking formal lessons in guitar when she was 17 with a well-known Loveland guitarist, Dave Beegle, and in mandolin with a Fort Collins teacher, Ellen Audley.

"My first festival was in Fort Collins, and I was 2 years old," Hartman said. "It was called Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival (which has since moved to Denver). That one and Rocky Grass in Lyons were two staple festivals for me growing up."

 

Other nominees in the Best Bluegrass Album Category are The Del McCoury Band, James King, Official Dailey & Vincent and The Boxcars.

 

See Courtney's story in the Loveland Reporter Herald