TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
26 Texas Country Music Industry Awards To Be Presented October 15
at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, TX (July 1, 2018) — The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. announced the Top 5 Finalists in each of the 25 categories for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards as a result of nominations that were made between May 1 and June 22, 2018. Final Round Voting is between July 1 and August 5, 2018 on the TCMA website at www.texascountrymusic.org. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 15 at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, TX. Many industry professionals and artists will be on hand to announce the winners and present the Awards to the recipients.
The 2018 Texas Country Music Awards is presented by Texas Country Music Association, Inc., media sponsor HANK-FM 92.1 Fort Worth, Justin Boots, Cinch Jeans, OnPoint Roofing, Firestone & Robertson Distillery TX Whiskey, Texas Silver Rush and others.
The Awards ceremony will be hosted by TCMA Spokesperson and Texas Country Artist, Brandon Rhyder, who will also perform at the event. Co-hosting and also performing at the Awards is Jenn Ford, also a Texas Country Music Artist who co-hosted the 2017 Awards with Rhyder.
There will be performances by not only Brandon Rhyder and Jenn Ford, but also Curtis Grimes, Doug Stone, Brian Black, Bri Bagwell, Doug Supernaw, Christian Country Artist Del Way and others, along with three of the top 2017 Award Winners Holly Tucker, Cody Wayne and Justin Todd Herod. Other performers will be announced as information is made available.
Red Carpet Interviews begin at 3:00pm the day of the Awards. Doors open to the public for access to the auditorium at 4:30pm, and at 5:00pm there will be an Awards Pre-Show showcasing just a few of the TCMA Member Artists such as Steve Mays and Three of a Kind Band, comprised of Steve Mays, Richard Wilson, Cody Wood, Vicky Moye and Marty Erwin, along with special guest fiddler and multi-award winner David Varnado. Other Pre-Show performers are, Freddie Pate, Darrin Morris, John Thibodeaux and Alex Coba. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:00pm.
Along with the 25 Awards presented at the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards, TCMA’s prestigious “Trailblazer Award” will be presented to Mr. Red Steagall for his long-standing career and the unprecedented success he’s obtained. “TCMA is very excited and pleased to be presenting Mr. Steagall the 2018 Trailblazer Award as part of the Awards Ceremony,” says Linda Wilson, President and Founder of the Texas Country Music Association, Inc. “He’s certainly ‘blazed the trail’ and been an inspiration for so many artists, and he deserves the honor and recognition.” She continues, “Texas is so blessed to have such spectacular talent. There were literally thousands of nominees – each one gifted and unique — and we are very honored to be able to work on ALL their behalf on an ongoing basis. The Texas Country Music Awards is by far the largest Country Music Awards in Texas, and our organization works daily on behalf of everyone in the industry. You won’t want to miss it!”
The 2018 Texas Country Music Awards will be covered by media from all over Texas, and live streamed over social media as well as edited for television to air at a later date. Several internet radio stations will also live stream the ceremony.
The finalists and their award categories are:
Entertainer Of The Year:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Vanessa Lynn Bird
Country Band of the Year:
Jody Booth Band
Darrin Morris Band
Shane Smith & The Saints
Cajun Country Artist of the Year:
Duo of the Year:
Hannah & Hailee
Young Artist (16 & Under):
Hannah & Hailee
Macy Dot Neal
Emerging New Artist:
Country Album Of The Year:
Vaquero – Aaron Watson
Palo Duro – Shotgun Rider
Don’t Forget Where You Came From – Kyle Park
Gone – Chris Colston
Coffee Days & Whiskey Nights – Robynne Shayne
Country Single of the Year:
Dance With The Devil – Nick Bakay
Drunk Enough – Robert Ray
Keep On Rollin’ – Michael Gutierrez
Can I Buy You A Country Song – Steve Helms
Tuggin On My Heart Strings – Randall King
Terrestrial Radio Station of the Year:
95.9 The Ranch – Fort Worth
99.3 KOKE – Austin
99.7 KSTAR – Conroe
95.2 KHYI – Plano
105.7 KYKX – Longview
Broadcast Personality Of The Year:
Curtis McKinney & Brad Hennington – Cranked Up Country Syndicated
Rickey Green – KSCK 100.5 Sterling City
Eric Raines – 99.3 KOKE FM Austin
Brett Dillon – 95.3 KHYI The Range Plano
Bruce Allen – texas46radio.com
Internet Radio Station of the Year:
Live Music Venue of the Year:
Love & War in Texas – Plano
Redneck Country Club – Stafford
Honky Tonk Texas – Silsbee
Dosey Doe -The Woodlands
Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches
Christian Country Artist of the Year:
Justin Todd Herod
Christian Country Single Of The Year:
Believe – Wild Fire
Born To Die – Curtis Grimes
Slow Time Down – John Randolph
Sometimes Good People Happen To Bad Things – Justin Todd Herod
You Can Have It All – Michael Knight.
Bassist of the Year:
Fiddler of the Year:
Guitarist of the Year:
Justin Todd Herod
Keyboard/Pianist of the Year:
Steel Guitarist of the Year:
Bobby Texas Gardner
Drummer of the Year:
Eddie Danger Barnot
Albert Gonzales, Jr.
Country Songwriter of the Year Finalists:
Billy Holloway – Texas Moon
Cameran Nelson, Greg Bates & Aaron Scherz – Home Wasn’t Built In A Day
Hannah (Hannah Kay) Blackwell & Jerry Flowers – Cuz I Ain’t
John Thibodeaux – Don’t Want To Love Her Any More
Justin Todd Herod – 100 Proof
Justin Tod Herod – Red White & Blue Ain’t Black & White
Kelly Kenning & David Chamberlain – The Heart Knows
Madison (Madison Paige) Urbanowski – Stand Tall
Steve Mays, David Glass, Justin Glass – She Don’t Love Him Anymore
Will Carter & Shane Stevens – House of Cards
Christian Country Songwriter of the Year Finalists:
Allison Gilliam – Just Wait For The Morning
Justin Todd Herod – Sometimes Good People Happen To Bad Things
Kayla Iutzwig & Kelli Iutzwig – Believe
Kelly Kenning – All In The Family
Kelly Kenning – Jesus Is My King
Michael Knight – I Got Saved
Michael Ryan – In Your Pasture
Scott Tecca – I Believe
Scott Tecca – I Will Follow You
Trinity Wennerstrom & Corey Lee Barker – Shine Big Shine Bright
To place your Votes for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards, go to www.texascountrymusic.org/vote. Voters do not need to be a member of the Texas Country Music Association; however, TCMA Members’ votes are doubled.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc.’s mission is to promote and enhance the Texas Country Music industry, its artists, musicians, businesses and those behind the scenes to make it all happen. “We have big plans for the future that will certainly help the Texas Country Music industry and all involved in it.” says Wilson, who also mentions that within weeks the organization will release its own Texas Country Music Chart.
More information about the TCMA, its purpose, plans, membership and goals are available on www.texascountrymusic.org. Tickets to the Awards show are available now @ http://www.outhousetickets.com/Event/Event10684/ or through the Tickets link on the TCMA website.
Underwriting Sponsorships and Souvenir Program Advertising is available for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.texascountrymusic.org.
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NOTE TO MEDIA: To apply for media credentials for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards, go to www.texascountrymusic.org/mediacredentials, complete the form and someone will contact you. Note: There are a limited number of media credentials available.
Linda Wilson, President
Texas Country Music Association, Inc.