Music of Nashville: Season 1, Vol. 1

Music of Nashville: Season 1, Vol. 1

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There is plenty to like about the first season of ABC's prime-time drama Nashville. Executive producer Callie Khouri's take on the city's intense, competitive, thriving music and political scenes makes for saucy television. The centerpiece, of course, is music. Actors Connie Britton (Rayna James), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes), See more details below


There is plenty to like about the first season of ABC's prime-time drama Nashville. Executive producer Callie Khouri's take on the city's intense, competitive, thriving music and political scenes makes for saucy television. The centerpiece, of course, is music. Actors Connie Britton (Rayna James), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes), Charles Esten (Deacon Clayborne), Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor), Sam Palladino (Gunnar), and others actually perform the songs in the series backed by a host of ace studio players. T-Bone Burnett is Nashville's music producer. He enlisted some of Music City's finest songwriters and the help of longtime friend Buddy Miller to co-produce (and perform on) most of the songs here. The end result is a collection that provides a compelling argument that contemporary country music doesn't need to divorce itself from its history; it also makes a solid case for the radio accessibility of Americana and alt-country. Most of the music here -- Britton's elegant "Buried Under," her duet with Panettiere on "Wrong Song," and Panettiere's duet with Esten on "Undermine" use contemporary country tropes, without sacrificing soul for production sheen. In other words, it's both the singer and the song that hook a listener. Burnett and Miller don't compress the hell out of everything to make it sound bigger. Virtually all of these instruments (especially drums and percussion) sound warm and natural, and serve to accent and support the vocals rather than overwhelm them. Panettiere's "Love Like Mine," and her performance on the radio mix of "Telescope" would likely chart if they were released as singles. Americana numbers such as the Civil Wars' "If I Didn't Know Better," performed by Palladino and Bowen, scored big on YouTube and prompted numerous Twitter conversations. So too the rootsy, original version of "Telescope," performed by Lennon & Maisy Stella (aged nine and twelve, who play Britton's daughters on the series), with only an acoustic guitar for accompaniment. "Twist of Barbwire," performed by Jonathan Jackson (Avery), is a tom-tom and whammy bar-driven rocker with just enough twang to make it walk between rockabilly and alt country. It probably doesn't hurt that it was written by Elvis Costello. Esten's "Sideshow" is a lovely ballad that walks dead center between Americana and contemporary country. Usually, soundtracks for television shows are a mixed bag at best. The Music of Nashville is a very notable exception.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nashville Cast   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Mandolin
T Bone Burnett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Tony Harrell   Hammond B3
Jim Hoke   Harmonica,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Greg Leisz   Mandolin
Colin Linden   Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Buddy Miller   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Vaughan   Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Jon Randall   Acoustic Guitar
Doyle Bramhall   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Allison Moorer   Background Vocals
John Deaderick   Piano
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Casey Driessen   Fiddle
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Marco Giovino   Drums
Jedd Hughes   Electric Guitar
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Ross Copperman   Guitar,Keyboards
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Brushes
Kate York   Background Vocals
Robert Hajacos   Fiddle
Nick Buda   Drums
Jimmie Sloas   Bass
Keefus Ciancia   Keyboards,Mellotron
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Cherie Oakley   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar
Rob McNeeley   Electric Guitar
Zachary Dawes   Bass
Paul Ossala   Bass
Woody Jackson   Guitar
Matthew Betton   Drums
Leisa Hans   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Steve Buchanan   Executive Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Buddy Miller   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Roger Moutenot   Vocal Engineer
Mike Poole   Vocal Engineer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Sonya Isaacs   Composer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Georgia Middleman   Composer
Jason Wormer   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Leslie Richter   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Justin Davis   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
David Huff   Digital Editing
Ross Copperman   Producer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Arum Rae   Composer
Becky Reiser   Art Direction
Michael Knox   Producer
John Paul White   Composer
Brad Tursi   Composer
Kacey Musgraves   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Justin Weaver   Composer
Kelly Archer   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Art Direction
Hank Williams   Mastering
Aaron Scherz   Composer
Callie Khouri   Executive Producer
Hillary Lindsay   Composer
Emily Shackleton   Composer
Sarah Zimmermann   Composer
Amy Fuci   Art Direction

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Music of Nashville: Season 1, Vol. 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WestVirginiafan More than 1 year ago
This is the most enjoyable "country" soundtrack I have heard in ages and the only one besides the T Bone Burnet produced O Brother Where Art Thou (and maybe all the way back to the soundtrack to Robert Altman's Nashville that similarly took non singers and encouraged them to dig into the genre) that I can imagine repeated playings. I had high hopes for the music for this series when I heard Burnett would produce and he does not disappoint, bringing alt/america/roots country royalty on board (such as Buddy Miller) to bring a range of very good actors who do not necessarily have the greatest voices to a whole other level.  Neither Britton nor Panettiere would likely get a contract outside the series, but they are well served and perform well here:  one of the graces of country music is that  story and emotion are more important than smooth pipes. Burnett and friends capture a variety of sub genres, from teen friendly pop (Telescope), to kick ass stomper (Wrong Song), to atmospheric progressive (Buried Under that, for better and worse remind me of Lanois produced later Emmylou Harris.)  The standouts here as they have been in scenes in the series are the duets between fledgeling songwriters Scarlet (Clare Bowen and Gunner (Sam Palladino) who take the show to a whole other level anytime they perform.  Equally accomplished is Charles Esten's take on the rough edged (but heart of gold) Deacon who elevates the work of both leading ladies to far more memorable music. Great job by all involved--highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all these songs. I can't get them out of my head. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed because my VERY FAVORITE song in the first season of Nashville was called "Fade Into You" (sung bysongwriters Scarlet (Clare Bowen and Gunner (Sam Palladino) & that song wasn't on the original soundtrack CD.....that song was the reason I bought Nashville's original soundtrack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to listen to.