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Written on July 8, 2018   By   in Texas Country Music News

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  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:

Bri Bagwell,

Cameran Nelson,

Chris Colston,

Josh Ward

Holly Tucker

Male Vocalist of the Year:

Chris Colston

Curtis Grimes

Darrin Morris

Josh Ward

Will Carter

Female Vocalist of the Year:

Bri Bagwell

Holly Tucker

Sarah Hobbs

Sunny Sweeney

Vanessa Lynn Bird

Country Band of the Year:

Jody Booth Band

Flatland Cavalry

Darrin Morris Band

Shane Smith & The Saints

Uncle Lucius

Cajun Country Artist of the Year:

Freddie Pate

John Thibodeaux

Kevin Anthony

Aston Dupre’

Dustin Sonnier

Duo of the Year:


Treble Soul

Hannah & Hailee

The Teccas

Shotgun Rider

Young Artist (16 & Under):

Abigail Taylor

Hannah & Hailee

Kadie Lynn

Macy Dot Neal

Jack Barksdale

Emerging New Artist:

Aliza Ford

Grace Tyler

John Hord

John Thibodeaux

Hayden Baker

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 –

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:

Curtis Grimes

Jackie Cox

John Randolph

Justin Todd Herod

Michael Knight

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:

Blake Watson

Cody Wood

Christopher Smith

Stormy Cooper

Dale Kirk

Fiddler of the Year:

Kevin Anthony

Lacie Carpenter

Mike Calley

Milo Deering

David Varnado

Guitarist of the Year:

Brendan Gillman

Freddie Pate

Justin Todd Herod

Michael Olson

Tom Kindle

Keyboard/Pianist of the Year:

Chris Bergeron

David Young

Marty Erwin

Chris Cockburn

Scott Moody

Steel Guitarist of the Year:

Bobby Texas Gardner

Jim Hall

Laine Thibodeaux

Milo Deering

Billy McCoy

Drummer of the Year:

Christian Dorn

Chad Polnick

Eddie Danger Barnot

Albert Gonzales, Jr.

Brandon Lemond

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  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  Tickets to the Awards show are available now @ 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

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NOTE TO MEDIA:  To apply for media credentials for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards, go to, 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.

[email protected]

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