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Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell take top Americana Music Assn. Awards in Nashville

Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell take top Americana Music Assn. Awards in Nashville

Kentucky-reared singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton was named artist of the year Wednesday by the Americana Music Assn. for his breakthrough with his debut solo album “Traveller.” Meanwhile, Alabama’s Jason Isbell took two other top honors — album of the year for his latest release “Something More Than Free” and song of the year for “24 Frames.”

Results were announced at the AMA’s awards ceremony in Nashville, where the organization also paid tribute to four respected Americana musicians who died during the previous year: bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, country music giant Merle Haggard, esteemed Texas...

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