Carrie Underwood had to cancel her concert appearance at last night's (11/12) Country Rising benefit event in Nashville because on Friday (11/10) she took a hard fall on the steps outside her home. Carrie was treated at the hospital for a broken wrist and cuts and abrasions. In a statement, her peeps said that
Underwood's recovery will "take some time" and that the singer "appreciates all prayers and well wishes."
Yesterday (11/13), Carrie tweeted, "Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody...I'll be alright...might just take some time...glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me."

The final Montgomery Gentry album has a release date.

The status of "Here’s to You" has been up in the air following the tragic death of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash in early September.

Eddie Montgomery informed fans, on Twitter: “Hey Guys – I know it’s been a while but it has been a very emotional time, but you will be hearing from soon.  Our new music is coming out and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of this new CD.”

Montgomery added a link to album information, revealing a release date of February 2nd.

Shania Twain is releasing a holiday collaboration with pop star Nick Jonas.
The country legend shared a teaser of the song, "Say All You Want for Christmas," on Instagram with the caption "It’s the most wonderful time of the year ..." In the post, she tagged Jonas, who can be heard harmonizing with Twain in the brief snippet of the song that serves as the soundtrack to the Instagram video.
According to the Instagram video, "Say All You Want for Christmas" will be available on November 10th.

 

Wednesday night's  CMA Awards on ABC-TV attracted 14.29 million, drawing its biggest audience in three years. That's up from last year's 12.75 million and placed the network in first place. It was 86% ahead of "Survivor" (CBS) and 78% in front of "Empire" (Fox).

 

Alan Jackson has exnted his Honky Tonk Highway Tour into 2018, kicking off a new run January 19th in Lexington, KY.   Lauren Alaina will join him on select dates. 
http://www.alanjackson.com/tour.html

Keith Urban debuted a new song on the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, inspired by the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein.

BMI country songwriter of the year Ross Copperman said that the widening sexual harassment crisis that has developed after multiple women accused the top producer and film executive inspired him to write a song and record it with Urban.

Copperman explained, “We actually wrote a song three weeks ago called ’Female’. It’s from the Weinstein announcement. We’re in a room and we’re like, ‘What can we do about this?’ And that’s the one thing we can do is write songs.”

Urban said the song was so important that he immediately recorded it.
 
He said, “I think it’s just time for a recalibrating of the past, you know? Things have been a certain way for a long, long time, and I think you’re seeing a turning of the tide for that. This song just spoke to me. I just wanted to get in and record it right away.”

Urban, who is married to actress Nicole Kidman, said as a father and a husband, the topic has struck him.

“I am surrounded by females in my life. I grew up in a house with boys, no sisters. Now I am in a house that’s all girls. So this song speaks to me on a lot of levels.”

Sugarland, made up of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have announced that they are working on a new record.

According to Big Machine Label Group, Sugarland are expected to make an announcement "in the coming weeks" about new music. The email does not provide any further details about the music, or about Nettles and Bush's timeline. Sugarland were previously signed with UMG Nashville.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have extended their Soul2Soul Tour into 2018 with more than 25 additional dates.  In addition, the tour film "Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul" will premiere November 17th on Showtime, on-air, on demand and over the internet. http://soul2soultour.com/

 

Reba McEntire is set to host “CMA Country Christmas,” which will include performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young.

The event will take place Monday, November 27th at 7CT on the ABC Television Network and will be held at the Grand Ole Opry.

The show will have a new look and feel this year, making Reba’s first year as host a can’t-miss country event.

For more information, visit CMAChristmas.com.

 

Shania Twain appears as a guest character in “Home Street”, the new free mobile game from London based gaming company Supersolid, in partnership with Universal Music Group Nashville.  Shania appears as an in-game character throughout the month of November 2017. Shania is the first guest character to appear across their gaming franchises.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have spoken out on the need for gun control in America in light of the massacre at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas.
 
The country legends made their feelings clear during a new interview with Billboard, with McGraw admitting that while he likes to hunt, the line still needs to be drawn with guns.
 
He said, “Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot. However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”

Faith Hill said, “In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there. The doctors that [treated] the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right. Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth. We all want a safe country.”

The CMA Awards will include the pre-show “The CMA Awards: All Access”, hosted by “Pickler & Ben”’s Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron alongside Kelly Sutton and Clayton Anderson. The show offers official red carpet and backstage live streams exclusively on Twitter and an in-show performance of "Get Together" by nominees Dan + Shay and Lauren Alaina.  The song is featured in one of Walmart’s recent advertising spots, which promotes the importance of people from all walks of life coming together in the spirit of inclusiveness and kindness. Viewers are encouraged to share their reaction to the song and their thoughts on how music brings people together using #GetTogether.  

Garth Brooks won the biggest honor of the night at the at the 51st annual Country Music Association awards with Entertainer of the Year.

Garth appreciated receiving the award from Reba McEntire. He said, ”To all of us, Miranda said it best, Little Big Town said it best, we're a family.”

Chris Stapleton took home two awards. He won Top Male Vocalist and Album of the Year. In winning the album honor for "From a Room, Vol. 1," Stapleton said, "I'm almost humbled by getting these things" before thanking family, fans and the CMAs. Producer Dave Cobb also received the award.

Miranda Lambert won the Female Vocalist of the Year honor for the seventh time.

Keith Urban won Single of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color." Urban gave thanks, including to his wife, Nicole Kidman, who was in China. Dann Huff, who helped produce, said "To work with this guy was a dream come true." Chris Lord-Alge, who was the mix engineer, also shared in the honor.

Taylor Swift won the Song of the Year honor for penning "Better Man," the song made famous by Little Big Town. Swift was not there, but LBT accepted the award in her honor.

Brothers Osborne took home Duo of the Year for the second time. (Brothers Osborne took the honor over Florida Georgia Line, among others.)

Jon Pardi took the Best New Artist award and seemed genuinely emotional in giving thanks to those who saw him perform while in high school.

The late Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson and Brothers Osborne were early winners.

Campbell and Nelson won the Musical Event of the Year honor for Nelson's classic, "Funny How Time Slips Away."

Brothers Osborne took home the Music Video of the Year for "It Ain't My Fault." The video was directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver.

Mac McAnally won his Musician of the Year.  

Brad Paisley told The Associated Press that he and Carrie Underwood will try to provide a “combination of entertainment and therapy” as they co-host the 51st annual CMA Awards, set for tonight.

Paisley said, “I think the aim thing we’re trying to do with this show is unify.”  He acknowledged the shadow that last month’s Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival will cast over the awards show, but also said he and Underwood have the opportunity to take a positive approach to the proceedings. 

Paisley added, “We have, obviously, a couple of things to think about in our format, and one of them is this tragedy in Las Vegas. We can’t ignore that, but at the same time, I think it’s our job to use this as something that’s uplifting.”

“We’re gonna do our best to honor those we’ve lost, and also sing this music at the top of our lungs.”