“Nashville” Recap: “Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy”

Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Avery Barkley rushed to be by his ex-girlfriend Juliette Barnes‘ side after she collapsed at a concert. Juliette is carrying Avery’s baby and suffers from a previously-unknown medical condition that causes blood clots. This disorder, which led to her collapse, forced Juliette to cancel her tour and bump up the shooting schedule on her Patsy Cline biopic.

As for Avery, Juliette told him he’d have to be her boyfriend again if he wanted to see the baby. Ultimately, Avery forgave Juliette for the infidelity that ended their relationship, but he’s still not able to trust her. Avery added that Juliette had no choice but to let him be in their child’s life. The episode ended with Juliette announcing her pregnancy at a press conference and naming Avery as the father.

Gunnar Scott continued bonding with his son, Micah, though the child’s mother, Kylie, did not want Micah knowing Gunnar is his father. Gunnar was able to convince Kylie to stay in Nashville instead of taking Micah with her as she pursued a new love interest in another town. Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey Dalton, walked in on Kylie, Gunner and Micah looking like a family inside Gunnar’s. It’s another unwelcome blow for Zoey, who was fired from the Juliette Barnes tour this week, too.

In his quest to sign Rayna Jaymes‘ daughters to a record deal against her well, Jeff Fordham continued growing closer to Rayna’s ex-husband and co-parent, Mayor Teddy Conrad. Teddy met a woman named Natasha through Jeff, and she and the mayor ended up going for a skinny dip in Jeff’s pool. Teddy was furious when Jeff told him Natasha was a paid escort, but Teddy ended up calling her for company later in the episode. Look for Jeff to use Teddy’s relationship with the escort as leverage in future episodes.

While Teddy was swimming with his call girl and Rayna was out on tour, their daughter Maddie hosted a wild party at Rayna’s house. Younger daughter Daphne got scared when the party got out of hand and called the police.

Rayna was also thrilled to learn she and fiancé Luke Wheeler were both nominated for multiple CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Due to some Twitter backlash, Rayna grew concerned she was only getting the nods because of her relationship with Luke. She decided to campaign against Luke for the trophies, but they vowed they wouldn’t let the competition strain their romantic relationship.

Luke Wheeler also welcomed Sara Evans onstage at his show in Milwaukee to perform a duet of her latest single, “Put My Heart Down.” In real life, that duet has been serviced to country radio and is now available for download. Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, absolutely loved working with Sara.

He tells ABC News Radio, “She’s a gem anyway. She’s a real treat. She’s the real deal.”

Will also appreciates the deceptive nature of the song’s lyrics and melody.

“It’s a joyous, lilty, great groove, but it’s about breaking up,” Will says with a laugh. “So, it’s this lovely juxtaposition that I think these writers in this town really get.”

As for his portrayal of Luke Wheeler, Will drew on some of country’s biggest male country stars for inspiration.

He explains, “The template they kept giving me was Tim McGraw, as far as superstardom and stuff like that, but I think I tended to go more towards Blake [Shelton] as far as that charm and disarm and just a good guy.”

Will insists he thinks Tim is a good guy, but he adds, “Blake just wears that on his sleeve, and [he’s] just a good ‘ol boy.”

Will is already picking out the clothes he’s going to wear to next week’s real-life CMA Awards, which will pre-empt Nashville next Wednesday night on ABC. Nashville returns with a brand-new episode Wednesday, November 12.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGretchen Wilson will co-host ABC’s The View on November 10.

According to The Oklahoman, Vince Gill was honored Wednesday with the unveiling of a life-size statue of himself outside his Oklahoma alma mater, Northwest Classen High School.

Lady Antebellum has released a very off-the-wall video featuring viral video star Keith Apicary for their latest single, “Freestyle.”

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Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert and Darius Rucker Sort Out Their Halloween Costumes

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum turned their event celebrating the #1 hit “Bartender” into a Halloween costume party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The group’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood dressed as whiskey barrels with Dave wearing a crazy wig and glasses. Charles had a fake beer mug on his head, and Hillary Scott was decked out like the glittery disco ball she sings about in the song.

Hillary says, “We thought with the number one party being so close to Halloween, we might as well keep it loose and fun. You know, we’ve been known to dress up when we’ve had shows on Halloween anyway.”

Hillary’s infant daughter, Eisele, was on hand dressed up like a pig. She’ll be dressed as a kangaroo this Friday, though.

As for Dave Haywood’s baby boy, Cash, he says, “My wife has a onesie with the skeleton all over the onesie, but he’s eight weeks now. So, it’s too early to go out trick or treating.”

Brantley Gilbert isn’t much for dressing up on Halloween, but he has inspired few Halloween costumes lately.

He says with a laugh, “Last year I got a picture from a brother of mine and my godson actually dressed up like me. That was pretty cool. It was pretty funny.”

Darius Rucker and his son, Jake, usually coordinate their costumes. One year, Jake went as Darth Vader and Darius went as Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

Says Darius, “We were walking around, and [Jake] would look at everybody and go, ‘I’m his father.'”

This year, Darius and Jake thought about dressing up like professional wrestlers but then decided that would be too obscure.

He says, “The Ninja Turtles are the winner right now, but we’ll come up with something cool.”

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Get a “Sneak Peek” of Garth Brooks’ New Album, “Man Against Machine”

John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks‘ new album, Man Against Machine, isn’t due for official release for another two weeks, but he’s giving fans the chance to hear it now — though only for 24 hours.

Starting at midnight tonight and lasting through the entire 24 hours of Halloween, Garth will make what he’s calling a “sneak peek” of his new album available exclusively on his new music distribution website, GhostTunes.

There’s no word on exactly what that sneak peek will entail, but in an email message to fans, sent in the wee hours Thursday morning, Garth writes, “A friend of mine at GhostTunes asked if we would take a different look at sampling for this new record…he wanted to know if we would speak a little bit on each song as a snippet of the song was playing. Because he asked, we went into studio and tried it. We were all surprised to hear how cool it turned out. Because it was his idea and his ask, I felt it fair to keep this to GhostTunes. Because it is GhostTunes, Halloween seems like the perfect time.”

He adds, “I just thought you all should be the first to hear it if you wanted to. I really hope you like the new music.”

Man Against Machine, Garth’s first album of all-new music since 2001’s Scarecrow, hits retailers November 11.

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Luke Bryan Performed for 1.7 Million Fans on the Road This Year

Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan performed for 1.7 million fans this year, playing a mix of headlining dates on his That’s My Kind of Night tour and fair and festival dates. His Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, FL and his Farm Tour dates in small, rural communities helped round out that huge attendance number.

“We’ve played all types of shows this year,” Luke says. “It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadiums shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first-time fan who may have never been to a concert until the ‘Farm Tour’ came to their small rural community.”

Luke goes on to thank his road crew and fans for making this year so memorable. He adds, “I’m having the time of my life.”

Luke could walk away with the Entertainer of the Year trophy at next week’s 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show airs live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Using Hologram Technology to Broadcast from Nashville and Hollywood After CMA Awards

Image Courtesy ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Kimmel is using some high-tech wizardry to appear both in Hollywood and Nashville for his late-night show the night of next week’s CMA Awards. He’ll deliver the monologue for next Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearing as a hologram on the stage of the CMA Theater in Nashville.

During the show one of the night’s CMA Awards winners will be interviewed appearing as a hologram in Hollywood while they’re actually in Nashville. Florida Georgia Line will also be beamed as a hologram from Nashville to Hollywood to virtually perform on Jimmy’s outdoor stage.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Brad Paisley are also performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday, November 5 on ABC.  The show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET.

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Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley Headlining First-Ever New York City Country Festival

Image Courtesy The Greenroom Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are headlining the first-ever country music festival in New York City, FarmBorough, coming up June 26 through 28, 2015 at Randall’s Island.

Additional acts include Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Ashley Monroe, The Cadillac Three, and Dwight Yoakam. More performers will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 6. Go to FarmBoroughFestival.com for details.

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Brantley Gilbert Joining Kenny Chesney for 15 Stadium Dates Next Year

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyBrantley Gilbert is joining Kenny Chesney for 15 stadium dates on next year’s The Big Revival Tour. Some of those dates will overlap with the 10 stadium dates Kenny is playing with Jason Aldean.

Kenny thinks Brantley can hold his own on this superstar concert bill. “When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley’s part of, he’s the man for the job,” Kenny says.  “He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock — and he’s not afraid to push the rest of us.”

Kenny will launch The Big Revival Tour March 26 in Nashville. Tour dates will be announced soon.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich movie featured Tim McGraw in a supporting role and was then adapted into an NBC drama starring Nashville‘s Connie Britton? ANSWER: Friday Night Lights.

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Dierks Bentley Reveals His Favorite CMA Album of the Year Winner of All Time

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley‘s latest album, Riser, is up for Album of the Year at next week’s CMA Awards, so People magazine asked him which previous winner in that category is his favorite. Dierks chose the 1988 winner, Hank Williams, Jr.‘s Born to Boogie.

Says Dierks, “Every song on that album is awesome. I can’t say enough good things about Hank Jr. and his influence on all of us in country music. He’s that guy that came in with all the great songs, great lyrics that were really relevant to the times.”  

Look for Dierks to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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