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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 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.



Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Auditorium Chosen for

2018 Texas Country Music Awards

Texas Country Music Association’s Annual Event to Be Held October 15

CARTHAGE, TX (February 20, 2018) – The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. announced today that the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards will be held at the historic Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth on Monday, October 15.  Linda Wilson, Founder and President of TCMA says, “I can’t express how excited we are about this year’s Awards ceremony that will be held in Fort Worth.  The folks at the Will Rogers Center and the City of Fort Worth have made it a very easy decision.  The facility is historic and acoustics are fabulous.  We look forward to working together with them to not only top last year’s fabulous Texas Country Music Awards by honoring the artists, musicians and those involved in Texas Country Music, but also to shine a light on Fort Worth and the impact that the City has in the music industry.”

“We’re honored to be selected as the site of the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards,” said Bob Jameson, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Fort Worth was recently recognized as the first certified music-friendly city in Texas by the Texas Music Office in the Office of the Governor. This is a great opportunity to share the city’s rich music history and burgeoning musical talent with Texas Country’s top stars.”TCMA Spokesperson Brandon Rhyder

Texas Country Music artist, Brandon Rhyder, is not only TCMA’s Spokesperson for 2018 forward, but will again Host and perform at the ceremony. Co-hosting the Awards along with Rhyder is well known East Texas area entertainer Jenn Ford.  Live performances and awards presenters from at least four decades of Country music artists will include not only Brandon Rhyder and Jenn Ford, but also Curtis Grimes, Brian Black, Doug Supernaw, Red Steagall, Doug Stone, Holly Tucker, Bri Bagwell Cameran Nelson and Christian Country Artists Del Way and Justin Todd Herod.  Several more performers and Award presenters will be announced later as their schedules are confirmed.  Popular Record Producer Chad Mauldin with Mauldin Productions will produce the Awards again for 2018.Red Steagall

Twenty-six awards will be presented at the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards.  Country music superstar Mark Chesnutt served as TCMA Spokesperson for 2016-2017 and received the first ever prestigious TCMA Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award recipient for 2018 will be announced later.

Curtis GrimesAward nomination ballots will be released online beginning May 1 and ending June 15, 2018.  The top 5 nominees become Finalists and will go to vote beginning June 20 and end July 31.  The TCMA Awards Committee will then determine the winners based on the scoring system of fan, TCMA Member and Awards Committee votes.  Finalists will be announced early August, and the results of the final round voting will be announced at the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards ceremony on Monday, October 15.

There will be several events and special appearances by Texas Country Music artists on TCMA Awards weekend (October 12 – 15) in Fort Worth and the DFW area, and will be announced as schedules are confirmed.  Tickets will go on sale for the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards beginning mid to late June and will be handled by  To find out more about local events and amenities, go to

The Awards show will be filmed by Lufkin Based Mark Perez of Epic Motion Pictures, live streamed and edited and formatted for future television broadcast to air at a later date.  Several broadcast and internet radio stations will record and live stream the event.

The TCMA’s genres cover primarily Country Music and Christian Country Music.   “We have members not only from Texas but all over the United States and around the world.” says Wilson. “The Texas Country Music Association’s growing membership as well as the directors and advisory council members continually work together to assist, promote and support the industry and its artists by creating opportunities, marketing and promotion of its members and the Texas Country Music industry as a whole.  TCMA has become an energizing and influential force in the industry over the past 5 years, and together with the artists, musicians, businesses and industry professionals, we’re getting bigger and stronger every day.”

She goes on, “TCMA has many plans and projects on the horizon all to benefit the artists and all of those behind the scenes to make it happen.”  A big project in the wings is TCMA Fest, a multi-day festival showcasing newcomers as well as providing top-notch entertainment for the fans.  Other projects include TCMA’s Compilation CD’s, Texas Country Music Radio, Texas Country Music Television and the Texas Country Music Showdown vocal competition.  The 2018 TCMA Songwriter contest is currently open.  Songwriter winners perform at the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards.

For more information about the Texas Country Music Association, it’s mission, goals and how to join, or to become a Sponsor of the 2018 Texas Country Music Awards, visit

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Linda K. Wilson, President

Texas Country Music Association, Inc.


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