The Country Music Association presented honors at the 2018 CMA Touring awards. The 29th of January was the chosen date for the ceremony. It was in Nashville. It aimed to recognize country music’s top professionals who are touring.

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The winners of the 7th Annual CMA Touring Awards on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN. // via cmaworld.com

The Winners

Louis Messina is the CEO of Messina Tourning Group. He was honored with the CMA Touring Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded that honor for being an individual who has positively impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of touring. Messina graciously accepted the award with a little speech.

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Louis Messina won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Annual CMA Touring Awards on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN.
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“This is quite an honor. I’ve been so blessed throughout my whole career. I’m going to steal an Eric Church line because last year when everything came through, we did over 100 stadium shows. I had a record year. I’ve been doing this for 46 years, but last year was crazy. I’ve always been a dreamer. The first time I saw Elvis I knew this was what I wanted to do. I saw him when I was seven years old.”

Mike Kennedy was posthumously awarded the Touring Musician of the Year Award. He was George Strait’s drummer. His wife Margaret Kennedy, Terry Hale and bassist for Strait, Mike Anderson, and Marty Slayton accepted the Award in his Honor.

Micheal Ray made a surprise appearance to congratulate his publicist Ebie McFarland. She had won the Publicist of the Year award. Therefore, with this in mind, he had some sweet words for her.

“Ebie, you’re a true visionary who’s worked with and represented so many great people in this industry and top entertainers”

The Complete List

The 2018 CMA Touring Awards Winners are as follows:

CATEGORY 1 – BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Julie Boos (Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.)

CATEGORY 2 – COACH/TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR
John Stalder (Kenny Chesney)

CATEGORY 3 – FRONT OF HOUSE (FOH) ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Kirk Kelsey (Keith Urban)

CATEGORY 4 – LIGHTING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Philip Ealy (Kenny Chesney)

CATEGORY 5 – MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Kerri Edwards (KP Entertainment)

CATEGORY 6 – TOUR MANAGER OF THE YEAR
David Farmer (Kenny Chesney)

CATEGORY 7 – MONITOR ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Cam Beachley (Miranda Lambert)

CATEGORY 8 – PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Randy “Baja” Fletcher (Keith Urban)

CATEGORY 9 – PUBLICIST OF THE YEAR
Ebie McFarland (Essential Broadcast Media)

CATEGORY 10 – TALENT AGENT OF THE YEAR
Becky Gardenhire (WME)

CATEGORY 11 – TALENT BUYER/PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Brian O’Connell (Live Nation Nashville)

CATEGORY 12 – TOUR CATERER OF THE YEAR
Dega Catering

CATEGORY 13 – TOURING MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Mike Kennedy (George Strait)

CATEGORY 14 – VENUE OF THE YEAR
Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)

CATEGORY 15 – TOUR VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Jay Cooper (Kenny Chesney)

 

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