Spectacular Event in the Fort Worth Stockyards at Billy Bob’s Texas


TCMA Energizes the Texas Country Music Industry Once Again with Live Performances and 26

Awards at the Biggest Event in Texas Country Music


FORT WORTH, TX (Sunday, November 13, 2022) – For Texas Country Music fans from all over, the Fort Worth Stockyards was the place to be on Sunday November 13 as the Texas Country Music Association once again presented a spectacular event with the

2022 Texas Country Music Awards at Billy Bob’s Texas. This was the event’s fifth year in Fort Worth and fourth year at Billy Bob’s according to Linda Wilson, President and Founder of TCMA.  The event once again proved why the Texas Country Music industry has exploded.

The event included a host of top Texas artists including TCMA Spokesperson Brandon Rhyder hosting the event for the sixth year in a row. Co-hosting with Brandon once again was popular on-air radio personality Malone Ranger of 95.9 The Ranch Fort Worth, who actually picked up an award for Broadcast Personality of the Year. “The Brandon-Malone team is outstanding. They bring the awards ceremony to an epic level and made the event high energy and fun.” Says Linda Wilson.

The 2022 Texas Country Music Awards was brought to you once again by Title Sponsor, The Hotel Drover at the Fort Worth Stockyards, an Autograph Collection Hotel, along with Stockyards Heritage, Majestic Realty and Mule Alley. The fabulous Hotel Drover was host hotel for Texas Country Music Weekend.

Radio Stations 95.9 THE RANCH was the event’s media sponsor. Other sponsors include 2ND To None Awards who presented each winner with a custom belt buckle, American Hat Company, who presented each winner with a hat certificate, American Badass Whiskey by Garage Oil Spirits’ Ron Stone who developed and presented the Badass of the Year Award, Cavender’s, Cinch Jeans, Ginger Roots Boutique, Jaso’s Picassos, Kryofoam, Launch Music Lab, Lucchese Bootmaker, NRS National Roper’s Supply, Texas Artist Rachel Stacy, Bryan & Sarah Martin with Red Dirt Ventures, Schoepf’s Barbeque, Schroder Hall, SkyPine Roofing, The Rustic, True Grit Roots Network, the Will Carter Band, Yolo Texas travel-destination show, PickleJar Virtual Tip Jar and 1st Rodeo Limousine Service (the official transportation provider for TCMA).

Top fan and industry-voted Awards were presented in twenty-six categories related to Texas Country Music and Christian Country Music. The Texas Country Music Awards presentations were produced for the sixth year in a row by well-known record producer Chad Mauldin of Mauldin Productions. The performances, sound and staging were produced under the direction by Billy Bobs’ John Zaskoda and his team. Filming by Billy Bob’s Texas, additional filming and post-production provided by Levi Mayfield of Day 3 Media, Production by Clayton Cullen, Director of Event Services at Cowtown Coliseum and lead producer Monty Dawson, Vice President of Texas Country Music Association.  “We are so grateful for all of the producers, coordinators and staff who worked so hard to pull together this event. Billy Bob’s Texas’ John “JZ” Zaskoda and his team have worked closely and tirelessly with us to bring this annual event to you for the past 4 years and they are the best in the business. We were proud to present JZ and his team with an award of appreciation for their excellence. We are looking forward to working with everyone again in 2023,” says TCMA VP Monty Dawson.

The event kicked off with the Red-Carpet interviews at 2:30pm and hosted by Jim Nash of Shooter-FM, Helen Elshick of Texas Toast Podcast and Kris Young, Vice President of Texas Country Music Association. Musician and Songwriter of the Year awards took place during the pre-show at 5:00pm and included performances by the band Kin Faux, 2022 Christian Songwriter of the Year Jesse Watson and 2022 Country Songwriter of the Year Garth LaGrone singing their winning songs. TCMA President Linda Wilson along with Tracy DeJarnett of Launch Music Lab presented the 2022 Artist Scholarship to Texas Country artist Jacob Wheeler of Center, TX.

The main Awards ceremony began at 6:00pm with greetings from TCMA Founders, President and Executive Vice President Linda and Richard Wilson, and the opening prayer was offered by Christian Country Artist Crystal Yates, and Clayton Cullen and his wife Judy sang the National Anthem. Handling trophies and directing participants on stage were Jada Young, Abigail Young and Kat Hand, Miss Rodeo Clay County Texas.  

Project Manager April Mauldin served as Media Coordinator. “There were many volunteers and TCMA Members to help put this amazing event together and we could not have done it without each and every one.” says Linda Wilson.

Many of the top Award categories included not only the designation and trophy but unique gifts provided by event sponsors including a fabulous custom belt buckle from 2nd To None Awards, and gift certificates from Cinch Jeans and American Hat Company.  All finalists received swag bags filled with gift items and certificates from many various sources.

Along with the 26 Awards presented at the 2022. Texas Country Music Awards,

TCMA’s prestigious “Trailblazer Award” was presented to Lampassas Texas native Terry McBride for his long-standing career and the unprecedented songwriting and success he has obtained in Country Music. "TCMA is extremely excited and pleased to have presented Terry the 2022 Trailblazer Award as part of the Awards Ceremony.  He certainly ‘blazed the trail’ for others and he’s very deserving to be honored." says Linda Wilson, President and Founder of the Texas Country Music Association. Presenting the Award was Linda Wilson and Aerin Carreno of YoloTX.

Mr. Ron Stone, owner and creator of American Badass Whiskey by Garage Oil Spirits developed and presented a new award for 2023 – the Badass of the Year Award, to Texas Country Artist Coffey Anderson.  Ron and his team are committed not only to making the best tasting liquor products in Texas, but also to the mission of spreading hope, happiness, safety and security through empowerment focused charity work and needs awareness programs for both human and animal-kind alike.  With that in mind, Mr. Stone created the Badass of the year Award to recognize and celebrate those caring souls among us who have a mission to give of themselves for the purpose of making life a little better for their fellow man and four legged friends.

The spectacular evening was filled with top talent including McBride & The Ride, who kicked off the main ceremony. Also performing were Brandon Rhyder, Bailey Rae, Coffey Anderson, and four of the Emerging Artist Finalists, Jesse Raub, Jr., Donice Morace, Kate Watson and Matt Daniel. Finalist Joshua Ray Walker was unable to attend to perform.  Next was an unforgettable finale performance by Texas Country icon Roger Creager.

The 2022 Texas Country Music Awards was covered by media from all over Texas as well as other states. The event was live streamed on the PickleJarLive. Footage will be edited for television by Levi Mayfield of Day 3 and scheduled to air on the Texas Country Network’s online, ROKU and FireTV channels at a date to be announced.

The five Award Finalists in each of the categories came as a result of nominations and final round voting that took place between April and August of 2022. 

The Award categories and the respective winners are:

Entertainer of The Year:

Creed Fisher

Male Artist of the Year:

Zach Neil

Female Artist of the Year:

Sarah Hobbs

Country Band of the Year:

Chad Cooke Band

Western Swing Artist or Band of the Year

The Broken Spokes

Roots/Alternative Artist of the Year:

The Wilder Blue

Young Artist (18 & Under):

Maddie Rose

Emerging Artist:

Donice Morace

Country Album of The Year:

“Unwanted Man,” Aaron Watson

Country Single of the Year:

“Wild Horses”, Kin Faux ft Terry McBride

Terrestrial Radio Station of the Year:

100.3 HD3 KIKK

Broadcast Personality of The Year:

Malone Ranger – 95.9 FM KFWR The Ranch - Fort Worth

Internet Radio Station of the Year: – Kenny Schneebeli, Owner

Live Music Venue of the Year:

Schoepf’s BBQ - Belton

Christian Country Artist of the Year:

Crystal Yates

Bassist of the Year:

Chuck Jones

Fiddler of the Year:

Damien Green

Guitarist of the Year:

Paul Eason

Keyboard/Pianist of the Year:

Johnny Foster

Steel Guitarist of the Year:

Harrison Yount

Drummer of the Year:

Alan Green, Jr.

TCMA Artist Scholarship

Jacob Wheeler

Trailblazer Award:

Mr. Terry McBride

Country Sonwriter of the Year:

Garth LaGrone for “Fort Worth Soon”

Christian Country Songwriter of the Year: 

Jesse Watson for “It All Began With You”

TCMA’s 2022 Artist’s Scholarship was presented to Texas artist singer/songwriter Jacob Wheeler. The Artist’s Scholarship will pay to have one single recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered at Chad Mauldin at Mauldin Productions; single distribution by Joe Kelly at CDX Traction TX; and a professional photography session by Courtney Ritter of Courtney Ritter Photography.

The Texas Country Music Association’s mission is to promote and enhance the Texas Country Music industry, its artists, songwriters, musicians, venues, media, and businesses behind the scenes to make it all happen. “We’re already planning the 2023 Texas Country Music Awards but FIRST, we will be presenting the Texas Country Music “Industry Awards” and Texas Country Music Summit in the Summer of 2023.” says TCMA

Executive Vice President Richard Wilson. He mentions a few successful projects already live such as the Texas Country Music Chart, Texas Country Network online and on ROKU and FireTV, Texas Country Music Television online, Texas Country Music Magazine online and more. There are many more plans and projects that TCMA will put in place, all to enhance the industry and support everyone involved.

Linda Wilson says, “More than anything we would like to thank our TCMA Members and Sponsors because without you, we could not do what we do.”  More information about the Texas Country Music Association, its purpose, plans, membership, and goals are available on 

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Linda Wilson, President

Texas Country Music Association


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