Twelve Facts about ABC's 'Nashville'

The ABC’s country music television drama series “Nashville” starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere has been the most popular new show on ABC this fall. “Nashville” follows the lives and careers of several country music singers along with their friends and family who make up politicians, business people, athletes, celebrities and music industry professionals in Music City. The show has earned numerous positive television reviews.

Since “Nashville” did not air on 12-12-12, here are 12 fun facts about the popular dramatic and musical TV program.

1. “Nashville” was developed by screenwriter, producer and film director Callie Khouri, perhaps best known for the movie “Thelma and Louise.”

2. Callie Khouri once worked as an actress and waitress in Nashville, TN,

3. The executive music producer on “Nashville” is Grammy-winning producer T-Bone Burnet, well known for his work in Christian music and mainstream music.

4. T-Bone Burnett, a “devout, church-going Christian,” is Callie Khouri’s husband. (

5. T-Bone Burnett won Grammy Awards for the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” bluegrass/country/gospel music soundtrack.

6. According to executive producer Callie Khouri, the “Nashville” television series is about characters who must deal with upheavals without losing their integrity.

7. Executive producer, R. J. Cutler says the driving theme of the TV series is “how one controls one’s destiny.” (

8. Actress and singer Connie Britton (formerly of “Friday Night Lights” and “American Horror Story”) told the ABC Television Critics Association (TCA) that she has been singing her whole life but not professionally. She had to take singing lessons for the show to be able to perform the country music songs she sings as Rayna Jaymes.

9. Connie Britton told the TCA that fellow “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere (formerly of the hit television show “Heroes”) is a “legitimately great singer.”

10. Hayden Pannettiere has already had a successful acting career as well as a moderately successful singing career, releasing the pop music single “Wake Up Call” in 2008, and contributing tracks to Disney albums and movie soundtracks including “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time,” “The Ice Princess” and the animated 2011 film “Hoodwinked Too! (Hood vs. Evil).”

11. While the “Nashville” characters are said to not be based on specific country music singers, Britton’s character is partially inspired by country singer Faith Hill.

12. Hayden Panettiere’s character Juliette Barnes is partially based on popular country music artist Taylor Swift–both young, blond, country-pop music crossover singers.

Bonus Fact: The “Music of Nashville” soundtrack album featuring country-Western, country-pop, and country-rock music by various “Nashville” stars including Connie Britton, Hayden Pannettiere and Charles Esten, is now available.