About the Show
US drama about a power struggle between two female singers in the cut-throat world of country music
Series 1 Summary
The first series of the US drama set in the country music world sees singing legend Rayna Jaymes being challenged for her crown by ambitious young contender Juliette Barnes. As the women vie for centre stage, a political battle is also brewing in Nashville...
Episode 1 - Pilot
Country music legend Rayna Jaymes is struggling to maintain her place in the spotlight. Her fans are ageing, her latest album isn't selling well and neither are tickets for her current tour.
To make matters worse, ambitious rising star Juliette Barnes is hot on her heels and vying for centre stage. When Rayna's producers ask her to support Juliette on tour, she is determined to refuse, and a power struggle ensues.
Each woman has her own agenda, with Juliette plotting to poach Deacon Claybourne, Rayna's long-time band leader, and Rayna seeking to recruit gifted songwriter Scarlett O'Connor to help revive her success.
Life is made more complicated for Rayna when her father, ruthless industrialist and political mover Lamar Wyatt, backs her underachieving husband Teddy Conrad in the race to become Mayor of Nashville.
Episode 2 - I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
As Teddy's mayoral campaign progresses, Rayna must endure an investigation and face the possibility that family secrets may be revealed.
Despite her best efforts, Juliette sees Deacon continue to perform with Rayna and is irked by the obvious chemistry between them.
Coleman is disappointed by Lamar's disloyalty and gets ready to play a tough political game.
Scarlett feels a sense of conflict between following her songwriting dream with Gunnar and giving her full commitment to her relationship with Avery.
Episode 3 - Someday You'll Call My Name
Rayna and Teddy are sobered to learn that they are facing financial ruin, but Rayna won't consider borrowing money from her controlling father or going on tour with Juliette.
Jolene, Juliette's troubled mother, re-enters her daughter's life in dramatic fashion, but initially Juliette doesn't want anything to do with her.
Scarlett and Gunnar's big break is threatened when Scarlett struggles to give a good vocal performance in the recording studio.
An impatient Juliette pressures Deacon for a definitive answer about whether he will go on tour with her or not.
Episode 4 - We Live in Two Different Worlds
Gunnar and Scarlett are thrilled to get a music publishing deal, and while Scarlett's relationship with Avery is still under strain, Gunnar soon makes a romantic connection of his own.
Juliette tries to improve her tarnished image by giving an interview on Good Morning America, but her performance only makes matters worse.
Rayna agrees to sing at Teddy's campaign fundraiser at the country club, but when Deacon turns up late for the performance it leads to an argument.
Peggy, a former colleague from Teddy's past who is harbouring a secret, unexpectedly appears at the fundraiser.
Episode 5 - Move It on Over
Now that Deacon and Rayna are no longer musical collaborators, they both try to move on from the relationship. Rayna reluctantly makes a TV commercial, but Deacon objects to the use of their lyrics in the project.
Heading for the first big debate of the mayoral campaign, Teddy is faced with the possibility that his past financial problems and involvement with Peggy will be exposed.
Juliette is struggling to cope with her mother's addictions until Deacon steps in and persuades Jolene to seek treatment, bringing back some difficult memories of his own.
Tension between Avery and Gunnar reaches boiling point after a musical performance with Scarlett to impress a record producer.
Episode 6 - You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave)
In an effort to bring her music up to date, Rayna seeks the help of rock star and producer Liam McGuinnis, but she has to work hard to convince him to come on board.
Juliette goes on a 'fake date' with squeaky-clean sportsman Sean Butler as a PR stunt to improve her tarnished image. However, she is surprised to find that Sean is less of a goody two-shoes than he appears.
When Teddy and Coleman commit to appearing at an important photo opportunity, Lamar plots to make Coleman late by having him pulled over by the police, but his plan works a little too well.
Scarlett's relationship with Avery gets rocky when he is pursued by manager Marilyn Rhodes.
Episode 7 - Lovesick Blues
Marshall Evans continues to put intense pressure on Rayna and Juliette to collaborate together at an event, and Scarlett and Gunnar find themselves growing closer.
Meanwhile, as Peggy's desperation hits its peak, Teddy finally reveals the truth to Rayna.
Episode 8 - Where He Leads Me
Rayna has to decide what's really important to her after hearing Teddy's side of the story about Peggy.
Meanwhile, Juliette finds an unexpected sense of belonging with Sean's family, and Gunnar and Scarlett's partnership becomes more intense.
Episode 9 - Be Careful of Stones That You Throw
Rayna and Juliette's tour is coming up fast, but when Rayna suggests taking her daughters along with her, Lamar threatens to expose a long-buried family secret.
Juliette and Sean's elopement causes all-round surprise, but not everyone is inclined to celebrate with the happy couple.
When Avery follows the advice of a music producer and dumps his band, the distance between him and Scarlett grows wider.
Deacon reconnects with his old flame, music journalist Carmen.
Episode 10 - I'm Sorry for You, My Friend
Rayna and Juliette get ready to perform the first concert of their arena tour in San Diego. Finding it difficult to work without Deacon, Rayna makes an interesting proposal to Liam.
Juliette sends Sean a message about their marriage through the media, but he disagrees with her view of the situation.
When Gunnar travels to Texas to visit his older brother Jason, Scarlett tags along to catch Deacon performing with the Revel Kings, but her presence sparks an ugly scene between Deacon and Cy.
Against Marilyn's wishes, Avery makes his move to sign with Dominic, while Teddy and Coleman's campaigns finally reach their conclusion.
Episode 11 - You Win Again
When Rayna and Juliette's duet, Wrong Song, becomes a Number 1 hit, Edgehill Records throws a lavish party to mark the occasion, but Juliette is embarrassed by her mother Jolene's presence at the celebration.
Prompted by Liam, the president of Countless Records, Calista Reeve (ER star Ming-Na Wen), attempts to lure Rayna to her own label.
Meanwhile, Gunnar frets about his brother Jason, and Avery is enjoying his newfound success, Teddy reveals his suspicions to Rayna, and Deacon makes a surprise decision.
Episode 12 - I've Been Down That Road Before
Rayna gradually adjusts to the fact that Deacon has joined the tour as a member of Juliette's band, but she starts to think that the time has come to make a difficult decision.
Tiring of her shallow, glittery image, Juliette tries a brave experiment to get her music taken more seriously, despite her team's concerns about commercial viability.
Scarlett struggles to pay the rent and Avery is unwilling to give back the money he owes her, but she has a proposition for Gunnar, who doesn't get along with his housemates, that could solve both their problems.
Meanwhile, a surprise meeting in the street between Peggy and Teddy has unexpected consequences.
Episode 13 - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Still reeling from the news that Teddy wants a divorce, Rayna goes on stage and misses her cue for the first time in her career. In an effort to forget her troubles, she joins Liam for a night of drinking and dancing in a bar.
Juliette pushes forward with some drastic changes to her brand, but when Glenn tries to halt her progress a confrontation becomes inevitable.
Frustrated with his career and unhappy with the songs that Dominic wants him to play, Avery considers an attractive offer.
Rayna asks Scarlett and Gunnar to sign with her record label, and Gunnar's brother Jason turns up looking for a place to stay.
Episode 14 - Dear Brother
As Teddy and Rayna's divorce progresses, media speculation about Rayna's fidelity grows and her children are thrown into the spotlight.
Juliette plans a surprise birthday party for Deacon attended by celebrities from the country music world, but her mother's behaviour at the event causes problems.
Scarlett and Gunnar are horrified to discover Jason's gun in their home.
Teddy makes it easy for himself to spend time with Peggy without arousing suspicion by appointing her as his new financial consultant.
Episode 15 - When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts
Juliette's attempts to modernise her marketing using social media backfire when hundreds of fans come to hear her sing at a venue that is too small to accommodate them.
Maddie deceives her father Teddy so that she can sneak out to see Juliette's performance, but her lie has dangerous consequences.
Gunnar is so upset about his brother's death that he abandons an important audition, leaving Scarlett to sing alone.
Deacon gets a chance to find romance in unexpected circumstances, and Avery sets out to take control of his own musical destiny.
Meanwhile, Rayna tries to set the record straight about her marriage and career with an appearance on Katie Couric's talk show.
Episode 16 - I Saw the Light
As the tour reaches New York, Rayna brings her daughters and her sister along with her, but worries that the children idolise Juliette and her musical career too much.
Juliette starts to look at Dante differently after he offers her unexpected support over a business meeting. When Stacey joins Deacon in New York, he begins to reconsider the value of life on the road.
Scarlett and Gunnar meet their new neighbour, Avery struggles after alienating his former business associates, and Lamar puts pressure on Peggy to influence Teddy about the stadium deal.
Episode 17 - My Heart Would Know
A family crisis causes Rayna to miss a sold-out concert in New York and fly back to Nashville with her daughters, leaving Juliette to expand her set list and perform the show alone.
Dante's growing personal and professional influence with Juliette makes Deacon angry and Jolene jealous.
A celebration takes place to mark Scarlett's success with Edgehill Records, Will finds a dangerous way to inspire Gunnar to start playing music again, and Avery begins working as a roadie.
Episode 18 - Take These Chains from My Heart
Liam asks Rayna to take a trip to St Lucia with him, Jolene annoys Juliette by questioning Dante's loyalty, and Teddy confronts Peggy about leaking his divorce news to the press.
Encouraged by Will, Gunnar tries out some new moves and music on stage, while Avery apologises for his past behaviour and reconnects with Scarlett.
Lamar comes home from hospital wanting a fresh start, and Stacey realises that Deacon still has profound feelings for Rayna.
Episode 19 - Why Don't You Love Me
When Rayna and Juliette are both nominated for Country Music Association Awards, Edgehill Records hosts a party to celebrate.
Gunnar gives Will the cold shoulder, so Will volunteers to be Scarlett's date for the nomination party.
Teddy worries about his relationship with Maddie but manages to build some bridges with her at a fathers-and-daughters dance event.
Juliette seeks solace in the bottle after Dante's betrayal, alienating Deacon in the process, and Avery gets a new gig as a guitarist.
Episode 20 - A Picture from Life's Other Side
Avery helps a distracted Juliette to work on some new songs, while Will impresses Rayna when he pushes for the chance to audition for her label.
Scarlett is alienated by the fake bad-boy persona that Gunnar is using to grab music industry attention, and Dante raises the stakes in his attempts to blackmail Juliette.
Jolene blames herself for what's happening to her daughter and adopts desperate measures to make amends. Tandy plots a boardroom takeover.
Lamar proves to be an unexpected ally for Rayna when Teddy takes legal action to keep Deacon away from his family.
Episode 21 - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Rayna and Deacon's glittering evening at the Country Music Association Awards ends in a confrontation that pushes Deacon off the rails.
Gunnar does his best to win back Scarlett's heart, but he's caught off-guard by the news that she's back in touch with Avery.
Will puts on an act with the ladies to secure his future as a music star, Teddy worries that events from his past are catching up with him, and Tandy resigns from her father's company.
Meanwhile, a devastated Juliette receives a letter from Jolene that reveals her mother's true feelings.
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