Premiere Date and Time:
Friday, September 14, 9pm
Time Slot Competition: Women's Murder Club
, Friday Night Lights
, WWE Friday Night Smackdown
Jeff Allen, Rachel Bradshaw, Sarah Gunsolus, Lindsey Hager, Matt Jenkins, Jamey Johnson, Clint Moseley, Monty Powell, Chuck Wicks
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is the new high-drama reality series about a diverse group of musicians who dream of making it big in the city of the same name. The creators are pushing the term "docu-soap" to describe this genre, and I suppose they should know, since they also created Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
Trying to make it big in "the biggest small town in America" is Jeff Allen, age 26, who taught himself how to play the guitar in his grandparents' Texas home. Both he and his musical style are hard-hitting, rock-inspired country.
Then there is Rachel Bradshaw, age 20, the daughter of legendary NFL quarterback and FOX NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw. Rachel, who describes her style as a little bit country, a little bit R&B, attends Belmont University in Nashville, while pursuing her dream becoming the next great country singer without the help of her famous last name.
Rachel's best friend is Sarah Gunsolus, who is determined to use Nashville's social scene to get her connected to the city's music scene.
Jamey Johnson, an ex-Marine and father of a 3-year-old daughter, has enjoyed much success as a songwriter. He wrote hits for Trace Adkins and for George Straight, but now he wants to focus on his own music career.
Already achieving success is Chuck Wicks, who recently signed with Sony/BMG. Chuck grew up on a farm in Delaware and is now preparing to launch his debut album.
Chuck's manager is Monty Powell, a 25-year veteran of the music industry as a songwriter, producer and manager. Monty oversees the work of artist management firm Levin Nelson Entertainment in the Nashville music community.
To be perfectly honest, Nashville
's time slot, Fridays at 9pm, is doing the show no favors. It is also competing against one of the most critically acclaimed series on television today—Friday Night Lights
—to boot. They say that behind every song, there's a story waiting to be told, but I fear that the stories featured in this docu-soap, as it were, are destined to remain silent.
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