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Buffalo Artists Could Win Grammy; Westfield Teacher Will

(WBEN) Westfield Academy music teacher Kent Knappenberger (pictured L) will receive The Grammy's first ever "Music Educator" award this weekend, when the recording industry gathers to honor their own. But he is not the only local tie to the big show Sunday.

The blues folk duo "Geneseo" - Mike Brown and Zac DeCamp- and their art directors Brian Grunert and Annie Stoll from Buffalo's White Bicycle graphic design studio are nominated for best packaging of an album.
  Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy in Chautauqua County is The Grammys'  2014 inaugural Music Educator Award recipient.  (CBS photo)

from CBS This Morning
VIDEO: See Knappenberger in action, and hear Westfield students sing his praises.

"I think it's my job to try to approach children in a way that I can try to find something musical in them and sometimes in the kid you think shouldn't have some musical gifting,” Knappneberger told CBS This Morning.

 “If you start looking - wow it's there and amazing things happen." he says.

And the CD cover includes a never done before concept, incorporating scratch-off art
The   CD "Automatic Music Can be Fun"  includes liner notes with  lyrics covered by scratch off art.   If you take a coin to it, you get to see the lyrics and reveal an extra song included on the packaging.  ( PICTURES Below)


(VIDEO: Click on the photo to see and hear more from
The "Geneseo" CD and it's unique packaging. )

"As part of the design process, Annie and I selected key words and phrases from each of the album’s ten songs and kept them uncovered,” says Grunert. “When read together, this seemingly random selection of words and phrases creates poetry. We shared these composite lyrics with the band, and they inspired a new track... a song born directly from the design of the packaging.”  

According to the Livingston County News, the album has sold about 500 copies,  far less than the other nominees:   Country superstars The Zac Brown Band,  longtime heritage rockers Metallica, hip hop sensation Jay-Z and the iconic David Bowie.

Knappenberger will be awarded his Grammy in a ceremony Saturday, but will be featured in Sunday's broadcast, where Brown, DeCamp, Grunert and Stoll find out if they win.
WBEN Extra: Inside Geneseo's "Automatic Music Can Be Fun"
What Makes The Package so Unique?

Photos provided by White Bicycle | VIDEO
(below) from "Geneseo" via YouTube

The album cover features the words "This package is scratch off, and it wrote a song for you"

Take a coin to the CD cover surface, and you can scrape away the picture there.....
...revealing words to  the songs inside....
... performed by Mike Brown and Zac Decamp who perform as the blues folk duo Geneseo, and even recorded their songs in a former church in Livingston County

  VIDEO   See and Hear "Geneseo"
From Zac DeCamp's YouTube channel

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