Nashville: Season 2 soundtrack #MusicMonday

Monday, November 04, 2013

ABC Nashville TV show Rayna Deacon
source: Nashville's Instagram feed (yes, it has one)
Last season, when ABC's "Nashville" premiered, I fell in love with it for three main reasons: 1) I've been in love with the city of Nashville for quite some time, 2) I adore Connie Britton, and 3) I like a good old drama based around the music industry. This season, I'm finding that I am loving the show for one main reason: the music.

That's what it's supposed to be about, really, right?

The music supervisor or whoever is in charge of soliciting songs for the show has been doing an incredible job this season. I'm not so fond of the loud, honky tonk sound of Chris Carmack's Will or newcomer Layla Grant, but that's only made the contrast between their youthful, beat-driven music and the more folk-bluegrass type of music that Gunnar, Scarlett and the Conrad sisters make ever the greater.

In Season One, the Conrad sisters seemed like background characters, used to prop up the storyline of Rayna and Teddy's split, but this season, the sisters are coming into their own as real, live characters with feelings and a possible trajectory. Real life sisters Lennon and Maisy closed episode four with "A Life That's Good," a song written by Rayna's former lover Deacon. I teared up, I did.

Check out the full version on Spotify.

And Gunnar. Gunnar's really been stepping it up after having gotten over his brother's death last season, and the song "Adios Old Friend" ties up any loose ends he had regarding his brother. This song is probably my absolute favorite so far this season, and such an amazing American road trip song.


I'm not normally a fan of Scarlett at all, but this song performed by Scarlett and her Uncle Deacon really caught my heart. It's haunting, a quiet, ominous driving force, and an "ode" to Nashville itself.


Listen to the full version on Spotify.

Last, but not least, if you watch "Nashville," did you shed a few tears over Connie Britton's impromptu performance at the Grand Ole Opry? The song she was called upon to perform, "The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts" (which would today have been shortened to "From Broken Hearts"), was absolutely the right song at the moment to match her vulnerability, the perfect song to choke on and then to rise to the occasion with. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Listen to the full version on Spotify.

And the line Rayna chokes on -- "went back in the house, picked up this guitar / somehow my fingers found the way to my heart / and it saved me" -- brilliant. Who are the songwriters for the show? They deserve multiple pats on the back!

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