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of the Grand Ole Opry) says, "We made a concerted effort to steer clear of what people see and what is frequently outdated and stereotyped images of this city.”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.