Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri had an ace in the hole when she created the ABC-turned-CMT musical drama Nashville a decade ago: She’s married to T Bone Burnett, a songwriter and record producer with 13 Grammys to her credit. name.
And Burnett’s oversight of Nashville’s first season music helped sell the illusion that Connie Britton’s Rayna James and Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes were in fact country superstars.
Sadly, Burnett left the show after season 1 amid a dispute with ABC executives, but his work on the show helped Nashville’s soundtrack albums skyrocket on America’s country charts. Billboard.
As Nashville celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 10, we’re sharing our favorite tracks from the show, including those performed by co-stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose and real sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella.
“If I Didn’t Know Better” by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio
Co-written by John Paul White of The Civil Wars, this song had Scarlett (Bowen) and Gunnar (Palladio) trading accusations while giving in to each other’s temptations, with the lyrics closely reflecting the characters’ strained romance.
“Undermine” by Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten
Kacey Musgraves was one of the songwriters behind this song, an anthem to ward off naysayers. “They ended up loving it for the show and used way more of it than I expected,” the country star told USA Today in 2013.
“Sideshow” by Charles Esten
When Deacon (Esten) performs this song at the Bluebird Café, it’s not hard to draw parallels to his relationship with the (much more famous) Rayna. “Because that curtain falls / The lights go out / The show goes on / She leaves town,” he sings. “If you know what’s good for you / You’ll let her go / Or you’ll end up next to me in her sideshow.”
“Nobody Will Ever Love You” by Connie Britton and Charles Esten
Speaking of Bluebird’s performances, Rayna and Deacon’s chemistry jumped off the screen as they sang “No One Will Ever Love You.” (The following lyrics – “like I do” – clarify that this is a love song and not a diss track!)
“When the Good Happens” by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio
Everything that changes “is only everything” when the good happens, as this Scarlett-Gunnar duo attests. “Every broken heart will lead you to the truth,” they sing. “You think you know what you’re looking for / Until what you seek finds you.”
“Nothing in this world will ever break my heart again”
Despite the provocative statement of this song’s title, you could see Juliet’s heart break as she performed this song at her mother’s memorial service at the Bluebird, granting her mother’s greatest wish.
“Wayfaring Stranger” by Chaley Rose
When Zoey (Rose) burst onto the scene as Gunnar’s love interest in Season 2, she brought with her an impressive cover of this song, a gospel classic about a weary world traveler who will “soon be free from all ordeal” in the afterlife.
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“A Life That’s Beautiful” by Lennon and Maisy Stella
Maisy wasn’t even 10 when she and her older sister Lennon first performed this song on season two of Nashville — in perfect harmony, of course — as Rayna’s on-screen daughters Daphne. and Maddie. The track made several appearances on the show, and the Nashville cast and crew gave it a cover in the series finale.
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