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Skyville Live Saluted The Magic of Music City with Exhilarating Show

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Earlier this week (7/13), the Emmy-nominated, groundbreaking online music series Skyville Live saluted the magic of Music City with an unforgettable concert showcasing Nashville mainstays alongside fresh faces in town including Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Lennon & Maisy, Mark Collie, JD Souther and Pam Tillis.

If you needed yet another reason to love this creative city, this impressive lineup offered just that. “I don’t know where there is better music in Nashville,” gushed Tillis. Simply oozing with talent, each artist commanded the stage with high-energy performances of their original music mixed with fan-favorite covers to the sheer delight of the adoring live audience.

Carmack stunned the packed house with an electric guitar-heavy tribute to his idol by serving up a jaw-dropping rendition of B.B. King’s classic “Sweet Little Angel” seen here (pw: video).

Another highlight of the stellar night included songwriting great Souther, as he made it hard not to sing-along to his iconic “Heartache Tonight,” first made famous by the Eagles.

Each incredible artist had a front row seat proudly supporting each other during their solo spots, yet they united for a sweet closing number performing the Beatles’ staple “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The performers were supported by renowned musicians including Jon Conley (guitar), Chad Cromwell (drums), Kenny Greenberg (band leader/guitar), Steve Mackey (bass guitar), Mike Rojas (keyboards), Justin Schipper (guitar) and background vocalists Perry Coleman and Tania Hancheroff.

For music lovers worldwide, this episode streamed live exclusively on AOL.com, RatedRed.com and go90, a free mobile video platform available across all wireless carriers. To access go90, simply download the app via the App Store or Google Play.

Featuring the world’s greatest artists spanning generations and musical genres, Skyville Live is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audiences alike. Each episode is recorded with full HD video in front of an intimate studio audience in Nashville and live-streamed around the world. Thanks to its reputation for inspiring creativity and magical on-stage moments, the show has become a destination for the biggest names in music: Since debuting in January 2015, Skyville Live has welcomed artists like Billy F Gibbons, Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Isbell, Gladys Knight, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taj Mahal and many more.

Skyville Live is produced by famed songwriter, producer, and Grammy nominee Wally Wilson, and is executive produced by Tisha Fein and Bryan Lee.

For more information and to learn about upcoming shows, visit SkyvilleLive.com, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Skyville LIVE to Celebrate the Music of “Nashville”

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Skyville Live announces the star-studded lineup for the July 13th edition of their conceptually groundbreaking online music series. Broadcast live from Nashville, it’s no surprise that Skyville Live wanted to build a show around the allure of Music City. On deck for this special night are Music City mainstays alongside fresh faces in town, including Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen, Lennon & Maisy Stella, Mark Collie, Colin Linden, JD Souther and Pam Tillis.

“I’ve lived in Nashville for many years now. I came here as a struggling songwriter and quickly learned to love this city and all that it has to offer,” says producer Wally Wilson. “It’s the richest place in the world for collaborative creation. The city is electric and we know that the sparks will be flying on July 13th!”

The must-watch episode is scheduled to stream live exclusively via AOL.com and go90, a free mobile video platform available across all wireless carriers on Wednesday, July 13th at 8/7c. To access go90, simply download the app via the App Store or Google Play.

Featuring the world’s greatest artists spanning generations and musical genres, Skyville Live is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for performers and audiences alike. Each episode is recorded with full HD video in front of an intimate studio audience in Nashville and live-streamed around the world. Thanks to its reputation for inspiring creativity and magical on-stage moments, the show has become a destination for the biggest names in music: Since debuting in January 2015, Skyville Live has welcomed artists like Billy F Gibbons, Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Jason Isbell, Gladys Knight, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taj Mahal and many more.

How Chris Carmack Turned His Role on “Nashville” into a Music Career

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Chris Carmack was once best known for his jock character’s line, “Welcome to The O.C., bitch!” Nowadays, he’s more synonymous with Nashville than Newport, and he’s taking that country vibe off-screen.

The “Nashville” actor’s role on the show has had some influence on his real life. But even though Carmack recently released his EPPieces of You, but country music wasn’t always on his radar.

“I’ve always wanted to sing and play. My first love was jazz,” Carmack, 35, tells PEOPLE. “I played jazz sax and then I started playing blues guitar, and from there branched out into some other genres.”

“Country is one of the more recent explorations I’ve had, but I’ve been living in Music City now for three and a half years and I got a pretty good education,” he adds.

The EP includes five songs written by Carmack, but the track “Being Alone” holds a special place in his heart.

“I think it’s the most personal and the most intimate,” he says. “Whenever I sing that song I really go back to my days in my mid-20s in Los Angeles when I was trying to figure out who I am amongst a world of people who are more than happy to tell me who I am. And I think I was very lost while I was writing that song, and now when I sing that song it’s almost more of a celebration of being able to find myself. It was once a sadder song for me to sing.”

Nashville, which was picked up by CMT after their abrupt cancellation from ABC in May, is clearly more than just another acting gig or way to segue into music for Carmack.

“This job is far and away the most special job that I’ve had in my career,” he says. “I’ve made very close friends, we’ve had incredible adventures and journeys, we’ve gone on tours across the United States with the music.”

In addition to making some great pals, Carmack also met his fiancée, Erin Slaver, from the show.

Slaver was playing violin in a band with Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar onNashville, and also appeared on the show as one of Juliette Barnes’ (Hayden Panettiere) backup singers. During a night out, Carmack was impressed by her performance and they became friends. A year later, they started dating.

Carmack even incorporated music into his proposal.

“I proposed on a rooftop at a hotel in New York,” he recalls. “I hired a little gypsy jazz quartet to play some of our favorite songs.”

Carmack says Slaver was completely surprised when he popped the question. Luckily, the actor ensured his wife to-be was camera-ready for the big moment.

“I even fooled her into dressing up so we could take nice pictures,” he says.

Piece of You is available now on iTunes.

“Nashville” Will Return With Rayna James and Juliette Barnes

NASHVILLE - ABC's "Nashville" stars Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad, Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne  and Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

Fans of “Nashville” rejoice! Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will return to season 5 of the popular music drama when it debuts on CMT. That means the entire cast minus Layla Grant (Audrey Peebles) and Luke Wheeler (Will Chase) will be returning. That means…. the cliffhanger will be resolved!

No word yet when season 5 of “Nashville” will debut on CMT.

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