As Thanksgiving and the final weeks of 2019 draw near, it's time as country music fans to reflect on the highlights of an eventful calendar year.

Talented artists, from veterans such as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Tanya Tucker to such modern influencers as the game-changing members of the Highwomen, made constant headlines -- but not as many as Billy Ray Cyrus. It's also been a happening few months for fans of country music's rich history after Ken Burns turned more ears to the music of the Carter Family, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash with his Country Music docu-series.

Here are 10 reasons country fans should feel #blessed in 2019:

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