5 Reasons We Love Nashville (The Show!)

October 10, 2012 | By | Comments (4)
ABC's Nashville

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You already know that we love the city of Nashville. (See the list of reasons we gave you in the September issue.) And we predict the rest of the world is going to be fascinated with the Music City after tonight’s premiere of ABC’s new show “Nashville.”

We’ve watched it. We like it. Here’s why you should tune in:

1. It’s a reflection of modern day Nashville.
Not a stereotype. That’s by design. Steve Buchanan, the show’s executive producer (and the president of the Grand Ole Opry) says, “We made a concerted effort to steer clear of what people see and what is frequently outdated and stereotyped images of this city.” Filmed entirely in Nashville, the show’s crew includes more than 200 residents, with 19 of the pilot’s 30 speaking roles going to locals.

2. And gives us a glimpse into the (country) music industry.
We get it, it’s scripted — it’s a prime-time soap — so there’s plenty of creative license. It was created by people who know this industry. (Buchanan isn’t the only one — the show’s creator is Oscar winner Callie Khouri, wife of T-Bone Burnett, who is producing the show’s music.)

3. You’ll like it if even if your playlist isn’t full of Cash and Swift.
Confession: the post’s author only gets close to country by way of Wilco and was still glued to the TV watching the pilot. It’s well-written, full of strong performances, and they actually get the accent right (OK, Hayden Panettiere needs to work on her accent a little bit, but if she sticks around Tennessee long enough and she’ll get it.)

4. It’s going to result in new music.
ABC and Big Machine Records (the Nashville-based record label of artists like Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw) are teaming up to release new songs on iTunes each week. Tracks will include songs by series’ stars like Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, as well as artists like Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams.

5. It’s going to get people excited about Nashville.
Like “Dallas” before it, people are going to want a piece of this action. And that’s music to our ears. 

We want to know: Are you watching “Nashville?” Let us know what you think.


  1. Greg

    I think the show was amazing.
    The girls sang great, but put of
    all the hit songwriters in Nashville
    I would have thought that they
    could have found a Hit song.

    October 11, 2012 at 10:29 am
  2. Nancy Hickman McNulty

    My Nashville friends loved it! Agree on Hayden’s accent. Think the music will make this show much more special than Dallas.

    October 11, 2012 at 8:24 am
  3. Tomeka Byars

    The jury is still completely out on this show, taking in consideration that it’s obvious no thought process was put towards the city of Nashville as a whole. This show is definitely, being talked about in mostly circles of real people that stay in Nashville every day. As a writer, I would have written something that really depicts Nashville, through the eyes of everyone that lives here tastefully! This show is someone’s fantasy world of fake! The appearance of the cast alone proves that! The modern Nashville today has much diversity, to simply skip over, and act as though we are in a 80’s time warp, is absurd This is 2012. This show may use our cities name to endorse it, however thus far the content of the show is from a planet many miles away from it. Tourist will embrace the concept, one that really lives in Nashville everyday, and know what is real won’t . hmm maybe they should have named the show Greenhill’s…..

    October 11, 2012 at 8:11 am
  4. Mallory Brasseale

    I saw the pilot on a flight a couple weeks ago. I didn’t expect to like it (like you, Wilco and The Civil Wars are about as country as my music tastes go), but I thought it set up some really interesting plot lines—especially at the end of the episode. I’ll definitely try it out for a few weeks.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

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