7 Reasons You Should Be Watching NASHVILLE!
What should you be doing every Wednesday night? Watching the hit ABC show, Nashville! If you need more convincing take a look the top reasons to tune in. You won’t regret it.
Connie Britton … need I say more? Just when I thought I wasn’t going to get over the heartbreak of Friday Night Lights ending and Tami Taylor (played by Britton) leaving with it, Nashville answered my prayers. The legendary Connie Britton was back in my life! In Nashville, Connie plays the country music superstar Rayna Jaymes and she is phenomenal (as is her hair). Her badass attitude paired with her country charm makes her the perfect fit for this role.
2. The Former Flame:
Rayna James and her former lead guitarist, Deacon Claybourne (played by Charles Esten), have undeniable chemistry that keeps me coming back every week. Deacon is a sexy and rough, plaid-wearing cowboy who will never stop loving Rayna. The two were an item for years, writing dozens of love songs together. Unfortunately, after one too many trips to rehab (he is now sober), Rayna walked away and married another man, Teddy Conrad (Eric Close). Despite her husband and amazing kids (one of whom is actually Deacon’s–scandal!), she can’t stay away from him—and it is only a matter of time until she gives in!
The songwriting duo of Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) makes it easy to fall in love with them, not to mention the show itself. The truth and honesty behind their music is part of the genius of this show. In a show full of superstars, it’s nice to also have these smaller artists, who are still struggling to make it. Plus, their budding romance is one worth rooting for.
4. The Setting:
How can you get any better than the heart of country music? You can’t! It is that simple. Filming in Nashville adds to the authenticity that fuels the show. Not only does this town show off its big stars, but it also showcases the struggling artists–just like the show. Plus, Nashville earns its name as Music City U.S.A. with all of its one-of-a-kind venues such as the famous Bluebird Cafe (a local watering hole featured throughout the season).
5. The Politics:
Not only is Rayna the most successful singer in Nashville, but she is surrounded by the playmakers in town. Her father (played by Powers Boothe) is one of the most hated yet powerful people in Nashville and her husband is now the mayor. The dirty campaigning tactics and low blows are just some of the things worth tuning in for, not to mention the rumors of infidelity and fraud.
No drama would be complete without a healthy dose of rivalry. Enter Juliette Barnes, played by the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere. Juliette is the up-and-coming, pop/country singer who comes from a troubled past and will do anything to stay on top. She and Rayna take an almost instant disliking to each other; Juliette thinks the older singer is entitled and past her prime, while Rayna thinks the young star is an untalented flash in the pan. Juliette’s music, which is catchy, has been outselling Rayna’s, causing some problems for the queen of country. The record label only seems to care about the numbers, not the quality of her work. If that wasn’t enough, the old and new stars are forced to work together, and they even share a love interest (Deacon). They are now all on tour together and the fun is just getting started.
7. The Music:
Last but not least, the glue that holds the show together: the music! There is original, creative work being performed by fantastic actors who can actually sing. In addition to the performers on screen, this show is giving the best of the best songwriters (known and unknown) a chance to show what they’ve got. Each song is unique and complements the storyline perfectly. The art of finding the right song in a sea of raw talent is what makes this show so special. Plus, you can buy almost all the music that is featured on the show and learn more about your favorite artists over at the ABC Music Lounge. It is the best combination of worlds: great television and great music. Really, what more could you want in one place?!
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