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Things You Didn't Know About Nashville

The ins and outs of your new favorite show

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    Charles Easton, who plays super hot/slightly emo guitar player Deacon Claybourne, got his big break on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” He looked like a different person eight years ago, and without a beard. This man has aged well.

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    Clare Bowen was classically trained in operetta from 4 years old. Her grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and her grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet.

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    Wyclef Jean plays Dominic Wells, the music producer from Atlanta who tries to lure struggling artist Avery Barkley into a deal.

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    Every episode (except for the pilot) is named after a Hank Williams song.

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    Real-life Nashville country stars have been making appearances in “Nashville” including Vince Gill, Kip Moore, Pam Tillis, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, and Brad Paisley.

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    Hayden Panettiere’s character is partially based on Taylor Swift.

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    The “Nashville” soundtrack “The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1” ended up in the Top 5 on the country charts. The soundtrack features songs from the show’s leading actors/actresses, including Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton.

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    Hayden Panettiere has spread her country talents to commercials as the new face of “Cotton.” She filmed the commercial in Nashville as well.

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    Through the show, Hayden Panettiere has made friends with numerous country singers including Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley.

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    While writing a song with Jessi Alexander, Hayden discovered she left her guitar in her trailer and texted her friends to see if she could borrow one. Taylor Swift came through for her and let her borrow a guitar.

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    Hayden Panettiere had a singing career with a pop single “Wake Up Call” in 2008 which flopped, but later contributed songs to a few Disney movies. She’s also a Grammy nominee for a spoken word album “A Bug’s Life Read-Along.”

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    Before playing country queen Rayna Jaymes, Connie Britton appeared on the shows “Friday Night Lights” and “American Horror Story.”

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    Before playing singer-songwriter and guitar player icon Deacon Claybourne – not to mention love of Rayna James’ love - Charles Esten’s first job was playing Buddy Holly in the London’s West End production of “Buddy.”

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    The young actresses who play Rayna’s daughters Daphne and Maddie are real-life YouTube sensations. The two sisters Maisy and Lennon Stella performed a cover of Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend that had over 10 million views.

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    Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett O’Connor, is Australian and hides her accent in the show.

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    The actor who plays Watty White is a real life music star. J.D. Souther had a ‘70s hit “You’re Only Lonely” in addition to writing songs for bands like The Eagles with “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid in Town.”

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    The 5 Spot, featured in a few episodes, is a real venue in Nashville where local bands play. Any footage at the 5 Spot that is featured on the show are filmed at the actual venue using their equipment.

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    The executive music producer T-Bone Burnet is a Grammy-winning producer, well-known for Christian and mainstream music. He won a Grammy for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.

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    T-Bone Burnett is also the husband of “Nashville” screenwriter, producer and film director, Callie Khouri.

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    Rayna Jaymes’ character, played by Connie Britton, is partially inspired by Faith Hill.

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    Aussie Clare Bowen used to be on an Australian soap opera “Home and Away.”

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    When Clare Bowen’s character Scarlett O’Connor claims to have written 'If I Didn’t Know Better' as a piece of poetry, the song is actually a cover of a song by The Civil Wars. “If I Didn’t Know Better” appears on The Civil Wars’ 2009 live album “Live at Eddie’s Attic.”

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    'Nashville' screenwriter, producer and film director Callie Khouri is best known for the movie 'Thelma and Louise.'

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    '“Nashville' has re-sparked Hayden Panettiere’s interest in pursuing a country music album of her own.

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    As part of filming for the series’ first season finale, the film crews staged a “small explosion” causing them to shut down the intersection at the location they were filming at.

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