'Nashville' Premiere Review: Queen of Country Vs. Auto-Tune Country Star
'Nashville' Premiere Review: Queen of Country Vs. Auto-Tune Country Star
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Nashville, the story of two country stars: one a legend and the other an auto-tuned chart topper. At least on the surface, that's what the show appears to be, but it is so much more. There are two rival singers, but there's also a mayoral race, dysfunctional family issues, romance, country singer newcomers, and of course the music.

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The Queen of Country

Rayna (Connie Britton) has the foundation ripped out from under her when her record label threatens to stop promoting her most recent album. Under new leadership, the label she has helped build for over two decades is ready to abandon her unless she puts her pride aside and joins Juliette Barnes' (Hayden Panettiere) tour. 

With her head held high, Rayna refused their demand and walked out the door. Only I'm sure that's not the end of the story. Is she willing to give up her tour? Or, will she come up with a way to salvage her own tour?

Rayna's problems aren't limited to her career. She also has marital problems. Her husband, Teddy (Eric Close), suffered a financial setback, which was a blow to his ego. Their marriage isn't helped by the knowledge that he wasn't Rayna's first choice. 

When Rayna's estranged father, Lamar Wyatt, provided Teddy the opportunity to run for mayor of Nashville, he jumped at it. While Rayna showed up to support him at his election announcement, will she continue to be drawn into her father's web?

Rayna is a strong, successful, and smart woman. I'd love to see her overcome her animosity towards Juliette and mentor her instead. Juliette could use the support of someone like Rayna. Though, I doubt that will happen, especially given Juliette's plan to poach Deacon from her. 

If nothing else, it would be fun to see them spar at times, but also grow to respect and help each other.

The Auto-Tuned Country Star

Juliette is the darling of the country music scene, as a cross-over artist. The kids love her music, including Rayna's own daughters. As successful as Juliette is in her career, her personal life is a disaster.

She is harassed by her junkie mother for money and has no solid support structure. Her assistant isn't any help and those in her camp seem to care more about her musical success than her well-being.

To deal with her problems, Juliette finds relief in having sex with older men. First, she was with her record producer and then she set her sights on Rayna's band leader and close friend, Deacon.

Juliette's obsession with Deacon seems to be a long time coming. She knew him from his performances at The Bluebird Cafe and when the opportunity arose, she pounced on him. She not only wanted him to lead her band, but also write music together.

If there was one moment of the premiere that I didn't like, it was the ending scene with Juliette trying to seduce Deacon. For the first episode, it was too much for me. I would have preferred if that relationship was saved for the second episode at least. It did show without a doubt that Juliette uses sex to fill a void in her life.

Juliette needs a support structure. If it can't be Rayna, then perhaps, Deacon can provide that for her if he goes and works with her. Though, it would need to be strictly a professional relationship. Maybe, he will reject her on the couch? Though, he is a man!

The Bluebird Cafe

The story of the aspiring artists, Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen), Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson, and Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio) is the one I find the most interesting. These Bluebird Cafe artists are struggling to survive, but won't give up.

Scarlett's transformation from a poet to a songwriter and singer will be intriguing to watch. Her boyfriend, Avery, has been trying to make it without any success. Will he be supportive of her new endeavor? Or, will it crush him with jealousy that she's made it when he hasn't?

Plus, there's the inevitable love triangle. Scarlett and her boyfriend? Or, will she choose her musical partner, Gunnar? It's going to be a fun ride!

Did you love the music? What's your favorite character so far? Will you be tuning in for episode 2?

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

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