When Music City landed a namesake television series, many residents were skeptical about how Nashville would be portrayed in a drama series. But four seasons later, the show has surpassed expectations, and turned a spotlight on the music community both on and off the set.
As part of the CMA Songwriters Series, actors Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) shared the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame, performing songs from the show.
It was quickly apparent that the actors have developed a brotherhood amongst themselves, teasing each other and singing each other’s praises throughout the night. Sam Palladio shared that he and Chris Carmack even get together every Wednesday night for what they call “Tweets and Beats” – live tweeting during the airing of “Nashville,” and then a musical jam session afterward.
Not only do these actors perform on the show, but they write songs and perform as artists off camera as well. Esten, Palladio, Jackson, and Carmack all performed songs that they had written, including one called “Lightning Bolt” that Palladio and Carmack had written together during one of their “Tweets and Beats” nights.
Other performers during the night included contributing songwriters Jonathan Singleton and Mark Collie (who also plays Deacon’s AA sponsor, Frankie, on the show). The performers shared stories behind the songs and how the songs were incorporated into the storylines of the show.
Even when they’re off set, the entire cast of “Nashville” continues to embody the spirit of Music City – brotherhood and a shared love of music.
For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.