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Winners and Nominees from the 2018 Texas Country Music Association’s Award Show

This years Texas Country Music Award Show was held on October 15th in Fort Worth, TX at the Will Rogers Auditorium. The ceremony included performances by Brandon Rhyder, Jenn Ford, Curtis Grimes, Justin Todd Herod and many more. Onsite to hand out the trophies were some big names including 2018 Miss Texas, Andrea Fox and All Around Champion Cowboy, Tuf Cooper, to name a few.

Here at Camp House Concerts, we love that the Texas Country Music Association puts on this award show. It provides us the opportunity to discover new artist and music as well as new genres of music, for example, “Cajun Country Music” was not on our radar before this year’s awards. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Take a look at who took home trophies in 2017.

Below are the winners and nominees for all 24 awards that were presented.


Winners of the 2018 Texas Country Music Association Award Show by Category


Country Songwriter of the Year

Cameran Nelson, Greg Bates & Aaron Scherz – “Home Wasn’t Built In A Day”


Christian Country Songwriter of the Year

Justin Todd Herod – “Sometimes Good People Happen To Bad Things”


Entertainer of the Year

(W) – Cameran Nelson
Bri Bagwell
Chris Colston
Holly Tucker
Josh Ward


Male Vocalist of the Year

(W) – Curtis Grimes
Chris Colston
Darrin Morris
Josh Ward
Will Carter


Female Vocalist of the Year

(W) – Holly Tucker
Bri Bagwell
Sarah Hobbs
Sunny Sweeney
Vanessa Lynn Bird


Country Band of the Year

(W) – Darrin Morris Band
Flatland Cavalry
Jody Booth Band
Shane Smith & The Saints
Uncle Lucius


Cajun Country Artist of the Year

(W) – John Thibodeaux
Ashton Dupre
Dustin Sonnier
Freddie Pate
Kevin Anthony & G Town


Duo of the Year

(W) – Treble Soul
Hannah & Hailee
Shotgun Rider
The Teccas


Young Artist of the Year (16U)

(W) – Abigail Taylor
Hannah & Hailee
Jack Barksdale
Kadie Lynn
Macy Dot Neal


Emerging New Artist

(W) – John Hord
Aliza Ford
Grace Tyler
Hayden Baker
John Thibodeaux


Country Album of the Year

(W) – Aaron Watson – “Vaquero”
Shotgun Rider – “Palo Duro”
Kyle Park – “Don’t Forget Where You Came From”
Chris Colston – “Gone”
Robynne Shane – “Coffee Days & Whiskey Nights”


Country Single of the Year

(W) – Steve Helms – “Can I Buy You A Country Song”
Nick Bakay – “Dance With The Devil”
Robert Ray – “Drunk Enough”
Michael Gutierrez – “Keep On Rollin'”
Randall King – “Tuggin’ On My Heart Strings”


Live Music Venue of the Year

(W) – 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

(W) – Curtis Grimes
Jackie Cox
John Randolph
Justin Todd Herod
Michael Knight


Christian Country Single of the Year

(W) – Curtis Grimes – “Born To Die”
Wild Fire – “Believe”
John Randolph – “Slow Time Down”
Justin Todd Herod – “Sometimes Good People Happen To Bad Things”
Michael Knight – “You Can Have It All”


Terrestrial Radio Station of the Year

(W) – 95.9 The Ranch – Fort Worth
99.3 KOKE – Austin
99.7 KSTAR – Conroe
95.3 KHYI – Plano
105.7 KYKX – Longview


Broadcast Personality of the Year

(W) – Eric Raines – 99.3 KOKE, Austin
Curtis McKinney & Brad Hennington – Cranked Up Country, Syndicated
Rickey Green – 100.5 KSCK, Sterling City
Brett Dillon – 95.3 KHYI The Range, Plano
Bruce Allen – Texas46Radio.com


Internet Radio Station of the Year

(W) – RealTexasRadio.com


Bassist of the Year

(W) – Blake Watson
Cody Wood
Christopher Smith
Stormy Cooper
Dale Kirk


Fiddler of the Year

(W) – David Varnado
Kevin Anthony
Lacie Carpenter
Mike Calley
Milo Deering


Guitarist of the Year

(W) – Freddie Pate
Brendan Gilman
Justin Todd Herod
Michael Olson
Tom Kindle


Steel Guitarist of the Year

(W) – Laine Thibodeaux
Bobby Texas Gardner
Jim Hall
Milo Deering
Billy McCoy


Keyboard/Pianist of the Year

(W) – Scott Moody
Chris Bergeron
David Young
Marty Erwin
Chris Cockburn


Drummer of the Year

(W) – Christian Dorn
Chad Polnick
Eddie Danger Barnot
Albert Gonzalez, Jr.
Brandon Lemond


Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners!

Check out photos and videos from the event on TCMA’s Facebook Page!


TCMA is leading the charge in advancing the Texas Country Music Industry by helping artists and businesses gain exposure in many ways. Currently they have Texas Country Music Radio that streams 24/7 and you can stream live their Texas Country Music Television. Even more, you can stay in the loop with who’s got the new hit song out with their Texas Country Music Chart!

To take full advantage of TCMA’s resources and vast network, consider becoming a TCMA member today. Learn about all the benefits of becoming a TCMA Member here.

About Texas Country Music Association

Retrieved from Texas Country Music Association’s website:

The Texas Country Music Association’s members, directors and advisory council members work together to consistently assist, promote and support the Texas Country Music industry in every aspect. By partnering together, we are developing effective resources such as the Texas Country Music Awards, Texas Country Music Magazine the Texas Country Music Festival, Artist and Songwriter Contests and Showcases, Compilation CD’s and much more.

Additionally the TCMA raises funds to provide music scholarships to graduating seniors, emergency and disaster recovery support, provide medical assistance, and other charitable projects through our assistance fund, Texas Country Cares. Our purpose is and resources are dedicated to support, enable, promote, encourage and further the Texas Country Music industry and its artists in and from Texas.


For more information on the Texas Country Music Association, visit their website here.


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