Nashville: On the Record - 6 Ways the Behind-the-Scenes Concert Special Will Rock You

Nashville Season 2 Preview On the Record SpecialLadies and gentlemen, Juliette Barnes is in the building.

This Wednesday, ABC airs Nashville: On the Record (10/9c), a one-hour performance special featuring members of the cast – including Ms. Barnes’ portrayer, Hayden Panettiere — and various songwriters who’ve contributed tunes to the musical drama.

TVLine talked to Dawn Soler, senior vice president of ABC TV music, to get a preview of what you’ll see on stage. Read away, and rock on.

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WORSHIP AT THE ‘MOTHER CHURCH’ | Performances for the special were shot in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed the “Mother Church of Country Music,” a venue often used in the show. Interview segments were filmed backstage and at the show’s Bluebird Café set; executive music producer Buddy Miller figures prominently in both locations.

SHINY AND NEW | Though the special follows the format started by the ABC series’ Web venture On the Record and covers some songs already featured online, the footage in Wednesday’s event is all new.

TAKE A BOW | Nashville cast members taking part in the hour include: Charles Esten, Hayden Panettiere, Chris Carmack, Aubrey Peeples, Will Chase, Jonathan Jackson, Chaley Rose, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen.

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UNSUNG HEROES | Many of the behind-the-scenes folk who wrote your favorite Nashville jams – like “Nothing in This World” and “This Town” — get a moment to shine alongside the show’s cast during the hour. “In a lot of cases, the songwriters were either playing instruments or backing [the actors] up vocally,” Soler says. The talented group of tunecrafters includes Striking Matches’ Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, Sarah Buxton, Kate York and Lucy Schwartz.

THE SETLIST | Performances include “It’s on Tonight,” “Nothing in This World,”  and “I Ain’t Leavin’ Without Your Love,” among others – and Soler says choosing from the series’ evolving soundtrack wasn’t easy. Her team weighed fan favorites (evidenced by download numbers and Web buzz) against performer/songwriter availability. “It was really a little chess game of moving the pieces around and figuring out the right balance of Season 1 and this year,” she says. “That was probably one of the most complicated [aspects] of the show, actually.”

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THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN | So what cuts have made the biggest impression on Nashville audiences, based on the numbers? Soler says Palladio and Bowen’s “If I Didn’t Know Better” from the series’ pilot “has been the biggest song of the show. And what’s interesting is, it continues to sell. It’s just that song that you want to hear over and over again.” Also popular: the Deacon-Juliette duet “Undermine” and Scarlett’s ballad-o’-pain “Black Roses,” which Soler says was the first song commissioned specifically for the series.

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31 Comments
  1. Amy H says:

    I’ve been listening to the CD since it was released the other day. Great music. Can’t wait to see it as well. Now we just need Nashville renewed!

    • Shira says:

      For sure!! Nashville took over my playlist as well, not to mention the fact that I just LOVE this show!! ABC-renew your gem Nashville!!

    • Zayne says:

      I hadn’t listened to country music in 15 years before Nashville came out and I can’t get enough of this music. Bought every CD along with several singles on ITunes. I will be extremely upset if this show does not come back.

  2. Margaret says:

    I’m stoked that “I ain’t leavin without your love” will be performed, I was bummed when it wasn’t released as a single, it’s a radio ready hit!

  3. Shira says:

    Really enjoyed the ON The Record videos online. Nashville is doing something really unique when it comes to music and I love watching the journey the songs go through from the songwriters to the show. There’s nothing like Nashville on TV. Fingers crossed for a renewal.

  4. I’m so stinkin’ excited for this show tonight!

  5. sarah says:

    I have all three CD’s and I hope we get another one from this series, the only thing I do not like is they sell the CD’s with bonus songs exclusively at Target or Walmart and they do not have them in my city.

  6. TVFan says:

    Will this special be available on VOD?

  7. abz says:

    I would have rather had this special air after the season or at least on a different night from the original episodes. It kind of sucks to have to wait another week to watch new episodes.

  8. CMG says:

    While I realize that she was hired for the show for her acting ability, not necessarily her voice, it seems surprising that the concert special excludes leading lady Connie Britton. Was it simply scheduling, or is her voice “sweetened” for the show and she really isn’t able to perform live?

    • Katek says:

      I was wondering that, as well. Where was she?

    • Steph says:

      Good point , i was wondering the same thing about her

    • Mark says:

      Well, everyone’s voice is “sweetened” alas because that’s the nature of the way TV production works. In another words, nothing is recorded with some version of Autotune, a backing track, et al. But Connie is certainly the weakest singer among the main cast. And it’s really not close. Even Hayden is much stronger.

  9. Jim says:

    Did I miss Connie Britton singing? What happened

  10. Danielle says:

    Where was Connie Britton???!

  11. rwecross says:

    i hope they being the show back for a third season because it a great show to watch and love the music.

  12. Jai gluckman thomas says:

    Yeah! Where was Connie?

  13. Reda says:

    I watch Nashville every week and love it! I lived in Nashville and walked to the Bluebird Cafe from my condo in Green Hills. I sat at the bar with beer in hand to listen to the songwriters. It was such a thrill. The show really gives an inside look into what Nashville is all about. This show is a hit and I could not imagine it wouldn’t make in to another season and more. ABC has found a true gem. Thank you.

    • Reda says:

      Oh…..and Nashville on Record was amazing tonight. One of the best concerts I have seen in a long while. I would love to have a recording of the show. :)

  14. angela says:

    Show really rocked and I am a ginormous fan but I MISSED CONNIE BRITTON!!
    (would have loved to have seen the precious girls /sisters too!)
    But Connie’s absence was palpable.

    Great show though — Y’all are incredible.

  15. This program is the best show on TV since Dallas, how many years ago!
    Wedensday night is TV night so ABC if you don’t renew this show for many seasons to
    Come your gonna have a lot of angry people boycotting your station and there goes your
    Ratings ……so come on people let’s get these comments comin in so, we can keep
    Nashville………ALIVE.

  16. SherryB says:

    What a super “concert” show!! I had my speakers rockin’ last night..Such talented actors/singers that are in the cast of a great show Nashville..It just has to make it for another season..Notably missed however was Connie Britton and the Stella sisters, no mention of them either..I know the Stella’s have performed before at the Ryman as has Charles Esten and I believe several others in the cast as well.. It was great.. But do wonder why the omission of several main members with no explaination..

  17. Tammy says:

    I should have known that the reason I really love “If I Didn’t Know Better” was that John Paul White was one of the song writers. I adore The Civil Wars and I thought that song sounded like them. I need to go download their version if I can find it.

    • Tammy says:

      also…… I don’t think the music has been as strong the second season as it was the first season. T Bone Burnett needs to come back in some way to help out. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge country music fan is the reason I think that. I like a few songs/groups here and there but I don’t listen to country that much.

  18. Shayla says:

    It wasn’t Nashville without Connie Britton… They could have given her something to do even if she can’t carry a tune in a basket…. She makes this show what it is….

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  20. shes12watch says:

    I don’t really care if Connie can’t sing. She IS Nashville, and I missed her and the Stella sisters also. I thought the show was great though, once the disappointment wore off about having to wait another WEEK to get back to the storyline! There’s so much talent on this show, and I LOVE that songwriters are featured so wonderfully. I was thrilled to hear a song from one of my all-time faves, Kim Richey, on the show a few weeks ago. ABC, please renew!!!

  21. Fiona says:

    I really missed Rayna. It would have been so cool to have her do a duet w deacon! Also her daughters on the show.. Where were they?
    I only watch two shows and Nashville is one of them! I love the story line, music, music writers and most of all characters.
    Next time you have to include your star.. Rayna! Thanks for sharing the info on the writers. It was really educational.

  22. paula weil says:

    Will we be able to purchase a dvd of the program “Nashville on the Record” at the stores soon. It was the most amazing show and music and has made me become a fan!!!!!

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