"My momma was one of your biggest fans. She said she'd listen to you while I was still in her belly." - Juliette
When us Character Grade kids were talking about which shows we wanted to cover for the fall season, I immediately peed all over Nashville to mark my territory. I mean, A) I have a massive lady-boner for Connie Britton, because she's flawless, and B) who better to navigate the drama and delights of country music superstardom than the lone Texan at CG? Needless to say, I've been hyping myself up for this pilot episode for a solid month by listening to nothing but Faith Hill, teasing my hair to epic proportions, and drinking straight whiskey from a leather flask I've hidden in my bedazzled cowboy boot. Nashville is the story of Rayna James, the Queen Mother of country music, who, after less-than-stellar sales for her new album, is asked (re: told) by her label that to save her career she must "co-headline with" (re: open for) up and coming Pop/Country superstar Juliette Barnes on tour. What follows is an hour of sex, power, intrigue, and the most glorious hair of all time.
"Why do people listen to that adolescent crap? It sounds like feral cats to me."
Rayna has spent the last however many years making country music her bitch, and she's worked her ass off to get there. Her band loves her, her fans love her, her husband kind of resents her, but whatever. Naturally, Rayna doesn't react well to the idea that the only option for breathing new life into her career and reaching a younger demographic is to join forces with that skank-a-saurus rex, Juliette. And, naturally, she tells them to suck it. Rayna's issues are a neat metaphor for what a lot of folks are going through economically right now - making your way to the top only to be told you have to start over again at the bottom. Granted, Rayna's bottom would still make her millions, but it's the thought that counts. Add to that mess a lingering love for her lead guitarist/ex-lover/possible baby daddy, a business magnate father set out to totally ruin her life, and two kids who will just NOT stop singing in the backseat, and Rayna's two episodes away from using the 8lbs of hairspray on her head to blow up the world. But, like a true superstar, she handles it (publicly) with grace, charm, attitude, and some subtle country "screw you's" that would make the best "bless your heart" look sincere.
- Whether you're a country fan or not, with the show's music produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the soundtrack is killer and I feel like it could become a character in and of itself.
- Turns out Rayna isn't the only musically gifted one in her family - her daughters are played by sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, who are quickly becoming YouTube sensations.
- While playing my normal "Where do I know this person from?" television game, I recognized Randy Roberts, Rayna's producer, as Racist Ray from Remember the Titans. Imagine my delight when I realized he and Hayden Panty-air were finally getting to work together again! Annnnnnd then they boned. Really? GUYS. REALLY?
Coach Boone is rolling in his grave.
I never heard the song, "If I didn't know better" before this episode... and I fell in love. Scarlett's my fav.