Watch ‘Nashville’ and Enter to Win A Nashville Experience
ABC’s primetime television show “Nashville” debuted just last October, but already it’s proven a winner for Music City. Shot, directed and produced in Nashville by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment, the show shares an authentic glimpse of life in the entertainment industry in Music City, as the drama follows the fortunes of one rising diva and one waning country music legend.
The show is in its last few episodes of the season, so tune in for the next two Wednesday nights on ABC at 10/9c to see how season one wraps up. If you’ve missed any episodes, don’t despair. You can stream all episodes of the show and not miss a beat. For many Nashvillians, the familiar locales that populate the show have engendered a feeling of being a part of the drama.
The storyline follows reigning Queen of Country Music, Rayna James (Connie Britton), who is in a constant power struggle with rising young crossover artist Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). The conflict in their personal lives, coupled with Rayna’s wealthy power broker father Lamar Hampton (Powers Booth), who pushes her husband to run for election as mayor of Nashville, drives the drama and keeps viewers waiting for more. The thread that runs through it all is, of course, the music. Nashville’s songwriting and publishing community has been deeply involved, coming up with songs that help define the characters, and fans can go to iTunes to purchase music from the original soundtrack.
The TV series was created by Oscar-winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), and directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue, The War Room, A Perfect Candidate), both of whom are co-executive producers with Steve Buchanan (Senior VP, Media & Entertainment, Gaylord Entertainment).
Buchanan is enthused about their vision to give people a greater familiarity with all that Nashville has going for it, attracting visitors to personally discover the city’s wonderful attractions, eat in the cosmopolitan mix of restaurants, and stay in the hotels. Nashville’s most famous export is music, and the show certainly puts that front and center. The cast and crew have experienced firsthand some of the city’s magic, filming at the Grand Ole Opry, the Bluebird Café, and many more famous landmarks.
Actors like Charles Esten (Deacon), hooked on the energy of Music City, have taken the experience further than the screen, playing in his downtime on Nashville stages.
If you’re a fan, you’re no doubt so close you can almost hear the music.
You’ve seen the show. Now come and see the city! The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, in partnership with Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, is offering you the chance to win an authentic “Nashville Experience.”
- Two (2) roundtrip airfare tickets
- Three (3) night hotel stay at the Hutton Hotel (based on availability/expires 5/31/14)
- The Opry Backstage Tour at the Grand Ole Opry
- The Nashville Show Tour with Grayline
- Nashville Show swag (CD and/or Merch)
- One (1) Music City Backstage Attraction Pass (good for two people)
- Music City Gift Bag
The winner will be announced on June 3.
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All photos courtesy of ABC.