Scott was kind enough to post a song from the ABC show Nashville yesterday. We are in complete agreement as to how great that show is. On Twitter, I have spoken with a couple of old time country artists - Lynn Anderson most notably - who vouch for the ACCURACY of the show's portrayal of the Nashville music business, which I found heartening.
Yesterday's song was Juliette Barnes, so today, I am pulling out Rayna James. Connie Britton, who I have loved since "Spin City", is tremendous in a role that is supposedly loosely based on the life of Reba McEntire. I don't know if that's true, but she can sing, and well, which I found surprising.
Here's my favorite song from the show, a duet with Charlie Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne. Forget for a second that this song is written for a television show. It's expertly produced by T-Bone Burnett, who I've been a fan of for many years, and full of raw, deep emotion. It's got an old-time, classic country feel that I love. And, getting back to the TV story - our two characters wrote this song many years ago, when they were romantically linked, and both actors expertly capture the emotion of the song. It's a fantastically acted show.
You noticed that I noted Charles Esten as "Chip" on this post. I knew I had seen him somewhere before, but I couldn't place him right away. As it turns out, I did recognize him. His singing ability shouldn't have surprised anyone. He did it several times on television in the past. He was a featured player on the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"