Country music is magical when it's made live. Onstage, artists are able to connect with fans, put unique spins on their most well-loved singles and bring a sense of community to even the largest of venues.

From Kip Moore -- who decided hit the road on not one but two tours this year -- to Dierks Bentley -- who launched his own, full-fledged festival -- the top live country and Americana acts of 2018 made even the homebody-est of homebodies want to get out and enjoy some live music. And it wasn't just the established stars, either: Newcomers including Tyler Childers and Ashley McBryde were slaying audiences, too.

Scroll down to check out The Boot's picks for 2018's best live country and Americana acts. Did you get to see any of them on tour this year? Let us know in the comments!