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Stapleton wins three Grammys

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Chris Stapleton won three Grammys on Sunday, while and Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit each took home two on Sunday.

Stapleton won Best Country Album for "From a Room - Volume 1," Best Country Solo Performance for "Either Way" and Best Country Song for "Broken Halos," which he wrote with Mike Henderson.

Isbell and band took "If We Were Vampires" to the Grammy for Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album for "The Nashville Sound."

There was a tie for Best Bluegrass Album among The Infamous Stringdusters for "Laws of Gravity" and Rhonda Vincent And The Rage for "All The Rage - In Concert Volume One." "Cannot thank you all enough for being along for this ride!," said the Stringdusters in a statement. "Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent."

Little Big Town won the Grammy for Best Country/Duo Performance for "Better Man."

Reba McEntire won the Best Roots Gospel Album Grammy for "Sing It Now Songs of Faith & Hope."

Alabama Shakes took a Grammy for Best American Roots Performance for "Killer Diller Blues."

In a tribute to the victims of shootings in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Festival and in Manchester, England at the Ariana Grande concert, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris sang Eric Clapton's "Teardrops in Heaven."

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Jason Isbell didn't record this live effort at The Ryman Auditorium as a gesture to be country music's savior at The Mother Church of Country Music. The Alabama native's music is country-adjacent at best, more than it is traditional in the way, say, Sturgill Simpson's can be. He may not be coming to the faltering genre's rescue, but he's sure breathing life into modern music in general. "Live From the Ryman" finds Isbell and his sharp band (the 400 Unit) »»»
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Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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