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ABC’s ‘Nashville’ skips the soap and gives us a concert instead

ABC’s ‘Nashville’ skips the soap and gives us a concert instead
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It’s already been a couple of weeks since we’ve seen Rayna , Juliette and the gang from the Bluebird on “Nashville” and the show won’t be back on this week either, strictly speaking. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on April 22, that members of the cast will instead give a concert and then discuss the music writing process instead.

The concert show, titled “Nashville: On the Record” will air Wednesday night, April 23 in the show’s usual 10 p.m. time slot. The performances will be given at Nashville’s (the city, not the show) famous Ryman Auditorium. Formerly known as the Grand Ole Opry House, the venue has seen performances by some of country music’s most iconic performers including Johnny Cash, The Statler Brothers and Dolly Parton to name a few.

So who can fans expect to see when they tune in to the “Nashville” concert? Most of the show’s leading cast members will participate in the musical undertaking. Hayden Panettiere (Juliette), Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Chris Carmack (Will), Will Chase (Luke) and Chaley Rose (Zoey) will all perform numbers they have previously performed in the show. Notably missing from the roster is Connie Britton (Rayna).

Following the performances, many of those who took the stage will sit down with the writers of those songs at the famous – and real – Bluebird Café. They will be discussing the writing process and how the show’s great music is created. The Washington Post listed the event as one of the TV highlights for the evening.

ABC currently offers a web series “On the Record” which follows the whole process for certain songs that appear on the show. It starts with the guitar demo and follows the process through to the music video for the show’s original songs.

As for the series itself, the show will pick back up next week following Scarlett’s horrendous breakdown on stage. Tune in on Wednesday, April 30 to see the next new episode of “Nashville.”