Have you been hankerin' for something a little different on the television? Do you enjoy country music and drama? Have you always wondered how things work in the music industry? If you answered yes to any of the above, you might soon become a fan of the new ABC series 'Nashville' starring Connie Britton, Hayden Panettierre, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and others.
The show is as country as grits, as stylish as a chic pair of boots, and as fun as a day in the Big City, but if you are expecting barefoot hillbillies on rickety porches, you have the wrong show... and city...
The show is full of surprises, the first of which is the cast can actually sing. The actors provide all their own vocals, and they are not bad -- not by a long shot. That the actors can also act is perhaps no big surprise, but it makes for a good show. The plot is good, the writing above average and the scenes of Nashville and the music industry provide the next best thing to a first-hand look.
While I am not a big fan of the scandal aspect of the show, I do like the fact the executive music producer is respected Christian musician/producer T-Bone Burnett who is married to the show's executive producer, Callie Khouri. Some great Christian songwriters have been given a leg up from the show, and new character Sean Butler is a Tim Tebow type athlete worth watching.
So far there have been eight episodes of season 1 aired. If you have not been watching every week, here is a synopsis of what you have missed on ABC's "Nashville."
"Nashville" started, appropriately, with a concert scene at the Grand Ole Opry where country music superstar Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is performing. After the show, the spoiled new talent Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) refuses to talk to her mother on the phone and then gives Rayna a thinly veiled insult about Rayna's age. To top it off, their record company wants them to tour together.
The rivalry heats up between Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) Rayna is encouraged to either open for Juliette Barnes or go back to her roots, playing smaller acoustic gigs with Deacon Clayborne (Charles Esten). Juliette is bound and determined to have Deacon in her own band because he makes her "feel like growing up" and because he is the best... and Juliette wants the best.
Juliette's strung out mother makes an appearance in town asking for money while Rayna discoveres a hidden secret about her own mother.
Juliette and Deacon grow closer; Avery ruins Gunnar and Scarlett's big break; Juliette's mother goes into rehab; and Rayna starts to write her own songs.
Juliette Barnes meets Sean Butler while Avery Barkley meets Marilyn Rhodes. While one relationship looks promising, the other looks like trouble.
Rayna and Juliette's song is a huge success, Teddy comes clean to Rayna. Scarlett and Gunnar get a big break, Avery is offered an opportunity, and someone gets a marriage proposal on "Nashville." Season 8 is the mid season cliffhanger before the holiday hiatus.
"Nashville" is filmed in Nashville, TN. The majority of Nashvillians in the music industry who have watched the show think the show is moderately accurate, and most Nashvillians think the show is good for Nashville's image and tourism. If you have not yet watched ABC's "Nashville," find out for yourself what you've been missing. Who knows? You might just become a fan.
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