ABC’s Nashville to Change the Face of Country Music
11.6 million people tuned in last Wednesday to watch Music City come to life in ABC’s new drama, Nashville. If you weren’t a part of the crowd, here’s a quick recap: it’s new vs. old country and new is taking over. While there’s a rocky marriage, controlling father and enough relationships to forget who’s who, music is the heart of the show.
The city of Nashville isn’t new to movies taking its stories and bringing them to life on-screen. From the newer Country Strong all the way back to the 1975 film Nashville, movies have told again and again the story of making country music. However, this new show has finally gotten it right.
It’s safe to say that this will change the face of country music. Now, with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine gaining the rights to release all original music from the program, new stars will be coming to the genre. Each week one new song from the most recent episode will be available on iTunes.
The show blends the line between country, pop and even indie. With hit songwriters The Civil Wars, Hillary Lindsey and Elvis Costello involved in the process, the show is pushing the limits of country music just as some of Borchetta’s own have been doing for some time.
The first song to hit radio on October 29 is Hayden Panettiere’s Telescope. Co-written by Hillary Lindsey–who has worked with Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift–and Cary Barlowe–whose lineup includes Lady Antebellum and Bucky Covington–the song has a production team that knows how to make hits and blur the genre line.
Nashville isn’t expected to just change the country music industry, but also the city’s economy. Not unlike another little east coast town, Wilmington, North Carolina, whose tourism boosted with the likes of Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, Nashville is expected to become the next hot spot for TV lovers who want to view the sites they see every week.
With Borchetta’s pull and the commercial sound of Panettiere’s voice, Telescope will have no trouble on radio. The next logical step will be to put the cast on the road in their off-season. Don’t be surprised if you see a Glee-esque rodeo hit your hometown this summer.
Expect to see some dark secrets of Music City revealed. The show’s runner, Callie Khouri, promises to keep it real and show “dark sides and light sides” of the city and the industry.
Be prepared, Nashville, it’s time to be exposed.