"Nashville", behind the scenes

ABC’s hit show “Nashville” is striking a chord with audiences. And as “Avery Barkley”, actor Jonathan Jackson delivers a healthy dose of drama each week. Cast as a rocker struggling to find a place to hang his hat on the country scene, Jackson says the show resonates with people outside of the Nashville norm.

“My character, ‘Avery Barkley’ in particular, he doesn't really do traditional country music,” said Jackson. “And he's doing avant-garde indie rock because that stuff is happening in Nashville.”

Jackson is part of an all-star cast that includes Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) as the former band member and lover of country queen bee, “Rayna James”. It’s not just his acting chops on display, but his pipes as well. Every actor sings each note of Nashville poetry.

“When the words are as good as these songs it's the easiest thing to do,” explained Esten. “When you have a song that great, and when the scenes are this great, it’s the easiest thing to do.”

Esten joined co-star Eric Close (Teddy Conrad) at the CMA’s. And as Close’s character is in full campaign mode for Mayor of Nashville, ABC7 just had to ask if he has any political aspirations himself.

“I'm kind of enjoying all the attention so we'll see,” said Close. “I gotta say this guy could be the mayor of Nashville. He's the friendliest guy in the world.”

“Nashville” airs on ABC7 Wednesdays at 10pm.

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