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Stapleton, Isbell wins two Grammys

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell both chalked up two Grammys on Monday.

Isbell took a Grammy for Best American Roots Song for "Frames" and Best Americana Album for "Something More Than Free."

Stapleton continued his winning ways at award shows by taking Best Country Album for "Traveller" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Traveller." Dave Cobb, who produced both Stapleton and Isbell, won Grammys as a result as well.

Little Big Town took the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Girl Crush." The song also took Best Country Song, an award for songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose.

The SteelDrivers took home Best Bluegrass Album for "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." "It is a great year to be sharing awards with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes. It just feels like the right time for all of us!" says fiddle player, vocalist and songwriter Tammy Rogers.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn were awarded Best Folk Album for their self-titled debut.

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media went to "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me." Julian Raymond, who produced Campbell, was the producer of the compilation disc.

"Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys," an album by Asleep at the Wheel took the honor for Best Recording Package.

The awards were handed out in the pre-broadcast part of the evening.

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Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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