Take me home, country music

The cast of “Nashville” via the Nashville Bridge

There is something deliciously, almost devilishly, girly about “Nashville.”

One Friday night after I popped open a bottle of wine, I realized I needed appropriate viewing for the night’s pedicure plan. Sadly, I finished “Desperate Housewives” and “Glee” hasn’t been cutting it since it became the tale of two different shows. (Why can’t we just concede to talent and make the Chris Colfer and Lea Michele show?)

Hulu, blessedly, knew just what I needed and suggested “Nashville.”

At the end of the first episode, I sat open-mouthed staring at the screen.

“Oh my god. That was amazing. Next!”

The story is totally believable in a world created using gorgeous shots of Nashville, country music and fully rounded characters. The story is richly textured and the characters just make it that much better. The backstory that weaves in and out of the scenes as they all push toward the endings you know are coming is delicious.

Juliette Barnes is battling the sitting Queen of Country for both a label’s loyalty and a man’s love. Just like any good country song inspired story should start off, we land smack dab in the middle of emotional hell, cowboy boots and glitter. Plus with 20-ish years of back story to catch up we get lots of music and dialogue that just sounds like it came from Miranda Lambert, Reba McIntire and Carrie Underwood.

Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes is a show stopper. I loved Hayden since “Remember The Titans” taught me what the hell a weak side is in football. Her acting and singing in “Nashville” are astonishing. She continually amazes me with her ability to make every role seem like it was written for her. She is a joy to watch.

Connie Britton as Rayna James is unbelievable. I dare you to watch her sing one number and not ask yourself where you can buy her music. She is amazing! Her performance is captivating and incredible. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. She owns Rayna James.

Between the two leading ladies, the show is worth watching. But it gets even better with an outstanding supporting cast that includes two YouTube darlings, Lennon and Maisy Stella, as Rayna’s talented daughters. Eric Close, Charles Esten, Robert Wisdom, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio have scenes that are just as gloriously dramatic and gossip-ridden as any Rayna/Juliette show-off. There is so much charisma and talent on this show, I can’t get enough of the story or the music.

The music is a character unto itself in the show. It is definitely not just back up to the story. In fact, I would argue the music in this show is so far the best example of a TV musical. (Take note, “Smash” and “Glee.”) The original music is fantastic. The covers are of great songs and all of the performances are well-done and beautifully edited.

My only desire is for Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) to finally get kicked to the curb. I hate him and his storyline that keeps cropping up. His music is fine, but he is so annoying! It’s like Connor from “Angel” all over again. Just let a bad character go, even if they give the other characters conflict, please?

Otherwise I’ll enjoy the music and drama from the brillant Callie Khouri with the help of her musically gifted husband T-Bone Burnett.

This show must be watched while drinking wine from a mason jar. Also can I get a plane ticket to Nashville? Music City needs another coffee-drinking writer. Obvs.


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