The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will take place on the evening of September 28, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center. The Awards show will be hosted by Carthage native and Texas country artist Brandon Rhyder, who will also perform at the event. Co-hosting with Rhyder is industry and media professional Jenn Ford, also from Carthage.
There will be live performances by Texas country artists from four decades, including TCMA Spokesperson Mark Chesnutt, host Brandon Rhyder, Bri Bagwell, Johnny Rodriguez, Joel Sonnier, Doug Supernaw, Christian Country Artist Del Way, and others. Presenting awards to the winners will be these performers and other well-known individuals in the Texas Country Music industry, including Brad Maule (Dr. Tony on “Days of our Lives”); Rod Phelps (who discovered Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert); Roger Springer (who wrote over 100 hit country songs for artists such as Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, and others); and Heather Little (who wrote hit songs for Miranda Lambert; Brendan Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office, and many more). Local favorites Blake Holland and Travis Penner will also participate in the awards ceremonies.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm, and pre-show entertainment will be provided by the popular Southeast Texas group, 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 David Varnado.
There will be 23 awards presented, including the prestigious “Trailblazer Award” to Mark Chesnutt for his longstanding successful career. “TCMA is very excited and pleased to be presenting Mark the 2017 Trailblazer Awards a part of the awards ceremony,” says Linda Wilson, President and Founder of the Texas Country Music Association, Inc. “He’s certainly ‘blazed the trail’ 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 the only fan-based Country Music Awards in Texas and certainly the State’s largest.”
Awards will be presented in these categories: Trailblazer Award to Mark Chesnutt, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group or Duo, Young Artist (16 & Under), Country Album of the Year, Country Single of the Year, Radio Station of the Year, Radio DJ of The Year, Internet Radio Station of the Year, Live Music Venue of the Year, Christian Country Artist of the Year, Christian Country Single of the Year, Bassist of the Year, Fiddler of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Keyboard/Pianist of the Year, Steel Guitarist of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Country Songwriter of the Year, Christian Country Songwriter of the Year, and Ross Key Memorial Award to the Volunteer of the Year.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. and its charity, Texas Country Cares, were founded in 2011 by Wilson, who formerly founded, owned and published Texas Country Music Magazine and Today’s Country Magazine in Houston. She also partnered in a booking and management agency that secured performance dates in Texas for up-and-coming artists such as Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, Doug Supernaw, and Rick Trevino, as well as established artists such as Ricky Van Shelton, Mark Colle, John Conlee and Joe Diffie.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. More information about the TCMA, its purpose, plans, membership, and goals is available at www.texascountrymusic.org, and tickets to the awards show are available through a link on the website.