Since its debut in October 2012, ABC’s musical drama Nashville has provided the equivalent of a weekly, hour-long tourism commercial for Music City and has spun off a cottage industry of CDs, merchandise, and tours.
Today, Nashville expands its footprint once again, taking its show on the road—literally— for its third tour. This outing will include international dates for the first time, as well as 17 U.S. dates, up from four in 2014 and 10 last year.
The trek features cast members Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will) and Charles Esten (Deacon) on all dates, with other cast members, Will Chase (Luke), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Aubrey Peeples (Layla) and Sam Palladio (Gunner) joining for select cities. They will play songs their characters have performed on the show, as well as their own compositions.
“When the tour started out, we got to do a couple of shows and we were taken aback by the reaction and the passion,” Esten tells Forbes. “It’s a rare [TV] show that allows you to go stand on the stage in a theater full of people who have grown so attached to the show, the characters, and the story lines and get to play the songs they and we have grown to love. It’s hard for me to really describe how magical that is.”
“We get to come out and see people in cities, and now countries, who might not be able to come to Nashville and see us,” Bowen says, adding that she relishes being able to go out in the audience and mingle with fans during the show. “They’re inviting us into their space. It’s the biggest thank you and appreciation and honor for us to go out there.”
Nashville, created by Thelma & Louise’s Callie Khouri, has never been a ratings juggernaut—it draws around 4 million viewers each week— but has attracted a devoted, loyal following. ABC will announce if the show is renewed for a fifth season next month.
When asked if the tour is a money maker or a promotional vehicle, Opry Entertainment Group president Steve Buchanan says, “we look at the tour as a promotional tool.” Buchanan’s experiences at the Grand Ole Opry served as the show’s inspiration and he is an executive producer on Nashville. He adds that ABC’s television affiliates and radio stations in participating U.S. markets also tie in with the concerts via on-air sweepstakes for trips to Nashville.
Part of the show’s appeal is its authenticity: it shoots in Nashville and often features prominent local landmarks, such as the Opry and Bluebird Cafe, and top Nashville artists and industry figures have been known to drop by for a quick cameo. But shooting in Music City isn’t cheap. So far, the state and city have kicked in at least $46 million to offset production costs and to keep the show from moving to their cheaper neighbors, like Georgia, who offer greater incentives.
I posted this on twitter but I forgot to post it on here.
Life is imitating art for Jay DeMarcus and Sam Palladio. The Rascal Flatts bassist made a cameo appearance on ABC’s Nashville last season, making a date with Gunnar Scott (played by Palladio) for a songwriting session. The musician and actor became friends and real-life writing partners, crafting a tune together that just may end up on a future Flatts album — or on Nashville.
“He’s a wonderful musician, and I love his voice,” DeMarcus tells Rolling Stone Country of Palladio. “It’s refreshing to know that [the actors] representing us on the show are authentic.”
DeMarcus has now seen that authenticity first-hand with more than a dozen actors on the musical drama, as he produced Christmas With Nashville, an album of holiday standards and originals sung by the cast. Due in stores November 4th, the compilation includes Clare Bowen’s (Scarlett O’Connor) take on “Santa Baby,” Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) singing “Blue Christmas” and sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (Maddie and Daphne Conrad) harmonizing on “Christmas Coming Home.”
Christmas With Nashville Track List:
1. “Santa Baby” — Clare Bowen
2. “Blue Christmas” — Charles Esten
3. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” — Jonathan Jackson
4. “White Christmas” — Hayden Panettiere
5. “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” — Connie Britton
6. “River” — Sam Palladio
7. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — Connie Britton and Will Chase
8. “Merry Christmas Baby” — Aubrey Peeples
9. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — Chaley Rose
10. “Christmas Coming Home” — Lennon & Maisy
11. “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” — Will Chase
12. “Celebrate Me Home” — Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson
Sam and Clare were mentioned in the recent Telegraph with an article entitled “10 Country Songs That Will Make You Cry” where I Will Fall made the list!
From the end of a relationship to the end of childhood, the stars of country music are masters at the art of making songs out of everyday sadness.
Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio – I Will Fall
The Channel 4 series Nashville may be fictional, but it comes with some serious country music chops: T-Bone Burnett oversaw the music on its first series, in which this song appeared. It was recorded by the two actors who play Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, and written by Tyler James and Kate York, who has written multiple tracks for the show.
Best New Country Darling: Clare Bowen
The pint-sized Australian beauty won over the hearts of the crowd with her sweet voice and mixture of cover songs (Etta James, the Killers, Johnny Cash) and her own music. Many of the crowd simply knew her from her work on ABC’s Nashville, but it’s safe to say she wowed the uninitiated with her charming personality and genuine appreciation for those who watched her 45-minute performance early in the day. And Nashville fans were especially rewarded: Bowen brought out costar Charles Esten for a surprise duet on the song “This Town.”
Source: Rolling Stone
Five artists – singer-songwriters whose performances have graced the Grand Ole Opry and the top of the country charts – will take to the stage for “Nashville Café” on August 23. On tap for the evening are actor-musicians: Clare Bowen; Chris Carmack; Charles Esten; and sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella. Concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets available online at bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org or 435-655-3114.
“These performers are terrific musicians, who also happen to act,” says PCI executive director Teri Orr.
Clare Bowen’s “breathtaking” (The Daily Beast) duet with co-star Sam Palladio set the spellbinding tone for the pilot episode of Nashville. The Australian actress – who has appeared in several of her home country’s iconic television dramas, including Home and Away, All Saints, The Cut, and Chandon Pictures as well as Jared Moshe’s directorial debut Dead Man’s Burden – is currently working on her debut solo album with legendary songwriter and music producer, T-Bone Burnett. Her tune “Black Roses” has climbed the charts and she’s been playing select tour dates this summer; recently headlining the 2014 “Nashville In Concert” tour with sold-out shows in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Chris Carmack, whose break-out role in The O.C. a decade ago made him an instant television star, has since proven his singing chops on-screen and on-stage in his new role as country singer/a guy who plays a country singer. As a CMT.com reviewer puts it, “Nobody told me Chris Carmack would be even better as a concert performer than he is as his character Will Lexington on Nashville.” Now known for hits, such as “What If I was Willing” (a tune debuted by his character Will), Carmack continues to country rock his way across that actor-musician divide.
Charles “Chip” Esten, whose Nashville character Deacon consistently delivers impressive country tunes such as “Keep Coming Back,” is no stranger to the live performance. He made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly in the hit musical Buddy. His television credits include the British show Whose Line is It Anyway? (as well as the American version). He’s also landed recurring roles on Big Love, Enlightened, The Office and ER. The deep-voiced, actor/singer-songwriter recently headlined a summer concert tour in addition to hitting the stage alongside his television co-stars.
Lennon and Maisy Stella, age 14 and 10, are real life sisters who also happen to play sisters on TV. Since they landed roles on Nashville – and went viral with 50 million viewers tuning into their rendition of “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn – folks have, in the words of the Huffington Post, been “smitten.” Their pint-sized version of “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers has risen to the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and they sweetly stole the show at the CMA awards with the Taylor Swift cover “You Belong with Me,” before presenting Ms. Swift with the CMA Pinnacle award.
As Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville, Clare Bowen portrays the quintessential country crooner with a heart of gold, but the reality of the actress and singer’s life may surprise you. The Australian native (yes, that’s right) has come to be known for her character’s folksy duets with costar Sam Palladio (who plays Gunnar Scott) like “When the Right One Comes Along.” Leading in to Wednesday’s finale, Bowen, 24, talks to PEOPLE about her accent, moving to the States, and what’s next for the just-signed Scarlett.
I have a friend who says “When the Right One Comes Along” is going to be her wedding song.
Oh my goodness – I’ve heard a few people say that and it is the most flattering thing!
This role seems tailor-made for you, aside for having to change your accent…
It was my favorite accent. I learned it from the films that my dad brought home from Los Angeles when I was a kid. I would watch The Sounds of the South and copy the way they sounded. When I read the script and I saw Callie [Khouri] and T-Bone [Burnett]’s names on it and that ABC was doing it – it was these three superpowers that have joined forces. I read the character and just asked, “Can I go in for her, please?” To be given Scarlett was the biggest privilege. It is a dream come true.
So you learned from watching movies?
I learn everything by ear. It’s something I’ve been able to do since I was a kid, coincidentally enough. It’s just so much fun. The Southern dialects are so beautiful and musical. They’re like the Irish – they lilt and there’s music right though the dialect. I think it’s inherent to the show. It is very fitting.
Australian-born actress/singer Clare Bowen is best known for her sudden rise to stardom as Scarlett O’Connor on television’s Nashville with Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Now, in Dead Man’s Burden, Ms. Bowen plays a different sort of young woman: one with a long-range hunting rifle. Bowen’s lead character, Martha Kirkland, is a badass in a smokin’ new western. Rotten Tomatoes got the opportunity to chat with Clare, and we wanted to hear more about Martha (Dead Man’s Burden) and Scarlett (Nashville), and what it’s like to film in the desert. Here’s what Clare had to say:
RT: You’re making quite a name for yourself now, and it’s exciting you have an indie movie coming out, called Dead Man’s Burden. I saw it, and it’s amazing to me how different your role is from one to the other, because in Nashville, it’s such a sweet, sweet role, but in Dead Man’s Burden, you’re a badass. What was it like preparing for that kind of role? How was it different?
Clare Bowen: Nashville’s like the biggest thing I’ve ever done. It’s all about empathy, I think, having empathy for your character and what they’re going through. I don’t know how you’re supposed to understand, when you haven’t lost your entire family, to try and put yourself in the shoes of somebody who has, somebody who’s trying to survive. So I just equate it to a wild creature trying to survive, and everything that she was doing was for survival, whether it was right or wrong or horrible or sweet.
Going out into the desert with everyone, that was really special, because the environment is a kind of character, and so it absolutely is. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place, but it can turn harsh very, very quickly and it can just kill you in an instant. I think that was something that really helped. I don’t really know much about my own process; it just kind of happens. I just go do it. Which probably sounds really unintelligent, but I’m actually a very simple creature. [laughs]
Some people work in a way of writing everything down and I do that a lot now, you know, working through a really set method that somebody else has created, but I think I’ve taken lines from a lot of places. It appears to be… it’s just the way I work, and I’ve tried different stuff for a long time. But for me, it’s just whatever comes out of me.
RT: Yeah, a lot of the greats say things like, “I don’t know. I go on set and I say the lines,” and it comes out amazing.
CB: It’s just about listening to the other person, which means talking to them, communicating. If you don’t have anybody there, be with yourself and be with that character and try to own it. How would you feel if everybody around you was dying? You need to try and get there, and different people have different ways of doing it.
“Everything is just bigger in the U.S.,” Australian beauty Clare Bowen says, reflecting on the time she’s spent working here. “Australia has a great film and television industry, but it’s very gritty. But in America, the possibilities are just wild.”
And Bowen is taking full advantage of those possibilities. Whether it’s starring as the angelic singer/songwriter Scarlett in ABC’s “Nashville,” or the tough Civil War-survivor Martha in “Dead Man’s Burden,” which opened on Friday, Bowen’s showed she has range well beyond her years. She’s even found time in-between projects to start work on her own solo album.
Here, Bowen shares her tips for making the transition into the American entertainment industry, how to balance research and character, and the importance of staying true to your own process.
Find a home base when auditioning.
“Finding your way around a new city for the first time is always a hard,” says Bowen, who herself tackled L.A. a little over a year and a half ago. “But finding your way around a new city at the same time while you’re trying to do pilot season? That’s crazy.” The challenge for Bowen was less about trying to navigate L.A.’s complicated traffic system, and more about having a home base. “When you’re trying to work on multiple characters when you’re going for castings, you need a place where you’re grounded,” she says. “You need a place where you can think and get situated.”
Remember, casting directors want to find you.
“People get really nervous in auditions…like they have some sort of inferiority complex,” Bowen says, thinking back to her first auditions in the States. “And it’s like, ‘No no no, they really want to find you!’ When you walk into that room, they want you to be the one.” Bowen says remembering that always helps calm her nerves. “That’s what they’re looking for!”
Do some research, but don’t let it define your characters.
For her role in “Dead Man’s Burden,” Bowen spent a fair amount of time researching the film’s setting: 1870 post-Civil War fragmented America. “We don’t learn about it in Australian schools,” she explained, “So I did a certain amount of research to get a basis for what was going on in my character’s life.” Ultimately, though, Bowen didn’t allow her character, Martha, to be defined by the history books. “She is suffering incredible trauma,” she says. “And it’s not about some political venture. It’s not about being a confederate; it’s not about slavery; it’s not about politics of The South. It’s about her family, and the limits to which they push her. She’s just trying to survive.”
Fans of TVandFilmReview.com have literally voted in their thousands, the polls have closed and the votes have been counted and verified and we bring to you TVandFilmReview’s Top 50 Most Beautiful Women on US TV! There was very little criteria, each actress had to be currently appearing on a US TV drama or comedy and we limited it to a maximum of two actresses per show. The rest was down to you!
Clare of course made the cut coming in at #42.
ABC’s Nashville has been one of the few success stories for network dramas this season and some of the credit for that can fall to newcomer Clare Bowen whose portrayal of Scarlett O’Connor has been one of the highlights of the show and watching her chemistry with Gunnar (Sam Palladio) grow on a weekly basis. The 23 year old Aussie beauty has previously had parts in native films The Clinic and Not Suitable for Children.
[ Click to see the Top 50 List ]
Source: TV and Film Review
Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson: “I Don’t Know if Avery’s Going to Be Able to Redeem Himself”
Check out some snippets from the article concerning Scarlett.
“I thought that was a really great visual scene,” Jackson says of Avery looking through the window at a private party for which he wasn’t on the list. “Avery right now, he’s slowly coming to terms with what he’s given up and what he’s lost in order to advance himself, and that’s a very lonely realization. That’s what that moment was about, was just peering through the window and just remembering how much he loves Scarlett. And I really do think that he genuinely loved her in a very deep way. … He’s just kind of getting to that point where he’s looking around and reeling from this sense of, I’m advancing in my career and yet what I feel about my music is being compromised. I’ve lost the woman that I love. What is the point of all of this?”
And he doesn’t even know Scarlett and Gunnar slept together, which, “on some level would definitely crush him,” according to Jackson.
So which side is going to prevail? Jackson correctly points out that Avery has demonstrated “moments of unselfishness” in his relationship with Scarlett — namely, when he rejected his new manager’s initial advances and when he (grudgingly) supported Scarlett when she decided to record music. “Even in the midst of his own ego being bruised and having this horrible unwanted jealousy and envy towards the woman that he loves because she’s all of a sudden skyrocketing, getting all these opportunities that he’s been working so hard for over the last few years, still in that moment, he chose to be unselfish and said, ‘I want to be there for you,'” Jackson notes. “And that was part of the tragedy of their relationship, was that he really tried to do the right thing and it still imploded.”
What do you think? Will Avery turn things around and redeem himself? And is it too late for him to win Scarlett back?
Source/Read Entire Article: TV Guide