‘Nashville on the Record 2’ films at the Opry, zooms lens on songwriters

Nashville on the Record2

When ABC greenlit their now-wildly success drama Nashville a few years ago, there was cause for concern that such a high-glam spotlight would only be another avenue for the pop-country mainstream. But what the Nashville on the Record franchise has done, elevating what the show has already mastered, is refocus the attention on traditional country music and the format's talented and severely undervalued songwriters. During the concert taping last night (Jan. 31) at the Grand Ole Opry House, the cast of the hit drama took the stage to champion songs from the soundtrack, including another outstanding Jaida Dreyer cut.

Not only did fan favorites Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Sam Palladio (Gunner), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Chris Carmack (Will), Aubrey Peebles (Layla), Will Chase (Luke), Lennon & Maisy, and Chip Esten (Deacon) perform, but the red-headed powerhouse Reba took the stage with her new single "Going Out Like That." As the lead-in to her NashIcon debut record, the track was a fiery addition to the night and again demonstrated the legend's blazing entertainment cannon.

While the night was concocted around groovy uptempo numbers, the quiet moments were far more profound. "Fade into You" (penned by Trevor Rosen, Shane McAnally, & Matt Jenkins) was the night's most nuanced and resounding four minutes. Palladio and Bowen once again brought their warm, rich chemistry and passion to the track, triggering tears and longing to everyone who was open to it.

The new original and Dreyer co-write (with Dean Alexander) called "If Your Heart Can Handle It" was another emotionally intense moment and with Carmack and Peebles taking the lead, could be a bonafide radio hit…if the gatekeepers would give it that freedom. Dreyer is one of the finest songwriters currently working in Nashville, which makes it all the more perplexing that she has yet to see a breakthrough. Given the struggle female soloists continue to face, it's not too surprising, but one of the most devastating travesties of all.

Early on in the evening, singer-songwriter Dean Carter teamed up with Esten for another lovely moment: a performance of their co-write "I Know How To Love You Now." As a glimpse into romanticism, regret and realizing you've changed, the guitar-laden ballad plucked more than a few heartstrings. As both singers traded off the lyrics with absolute delicacy, when the song ended, the audience was left wanting even more.

Of course, the night was filled with nine musical treats in all, including a Chase and Carmack rocker, a Palladio-Bowen-Jackson opener (with "Borrow My Heart," by Phillip and Lia Larue), a sweet Lennon & Maisy duet and a grand finale collaboration featuring the entire ensemble. Needless to say, there was not one dull moment. The talent this show has produced is marvelous and far surpasses most singers currently charting hits and selling records.

Nashville on the Record 2 airs in all its glory on the ABC Network March 25 at 10/9c. 

 

Reba is the life of the party! #NashvilleontheRecord @nashvillegab #GoingOutLikeThat

A video posted by Jason Scott (@thejasonscott) on Jan 31, 2015 at 8:06pm PST

Nashville on the Record2

When ABC greenlit their now-wildly success drama Nashville a few years ago, there was cause for concern that such a high-glam spotlight would only be another avenue for the pop-country mainstream. But what the Nashville on the Record franchise has done, elevating what the show has already mastered, is refocus the attention on traditional country music and the format's talented and severely undervalued songwriters. During the concert taping last night (Jan. 31) at the Grand Ole Opry House, the cast of the hit drama took the stage to champion songs from the soundtrack, including another outstanding Jaida Dreyer cut.

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Not only did fan favorites Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Sam Palladio (Gunner), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Chris Carmack (Will), Aubrey Peebles (Layla), Will Chase (Luke), Lennon & Maisy, and Chip Esten (Deacon) perform, but the red-headed powerhouse Reba took the stage with her new single "Going Out Like That." As the lead-in to her NashIcon debut record, the track was a fiery addition to the night and again demonstrated the legend's blazing entertainment cannon.

While the night was concocted around groovy uptempo numbers, the quiet moments were far more profound. "Fade into You" (penned by Trevor Rosen, Shane McAnally, & Matt Jenkins) was the night's most nuanced and resounding four minutes. Palladio and Bowen once again brought their warm, rich chemistry and passion to the track, triggering tears and longing to everyone who was open to it.

The new original and Dreyer co-write (with Dean Alexander) called "If Your Heart Can Handle It" was another emotionally intense moment and with Carmack and Peebles taking the lead, could be a bonafide radio hit…if the gatekeepers would give it that freedom. Dreyer is one of the finest songwriters currently working in Nashville, which makes it all the more perplexing that she has yet to see a breakthrough. Given the struggle female soloists continue to face, it's not too surprising, but one of the most devastating travesties of all.

Early on in the evening, singer-songwriter Dean Carter teamed up with Esten for another lovely moment: a performance of their co-write "I Know How To Love You Now." As a glimpse into romanticism, regret and realizing you've changed, the guitar-laden ballad plucked more than a few heartstrings. As both singers traded off the lyrics with absolute delicacy, when the song ended, the audience was left wanting even more.

Of course, the night was filled with nine musical treats in all, including a Chase and Carmack rocker, a Palladio-Bowen-Jackson opener (with "Borrow My Heart," by Phillip and Lia Larue), a sweet Lennon & Maisy duet and a grand finale collaboration featuring the entire ensemble. Needless to say, there was not one dull moment. The talent this show has produced is marvelous and far surpasses most singers currently charting hits and selling records.

Nashville on the Record 2 airs in all its glory on the ABC Network March 25 at 10/9c. 

 

Reba is the life of the party! #NashvilleontheRecord @nashvillegab #GoingOutLikeThat

A video posted by Jason Scott (@thejasonscott) on Jan 31, 2015 at 8:06pm PST

 

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