The Music Of Nashville Episode 5: B—h Slaps and Guitar Hijackers


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Okay, how many episodes until we get a song from Juliette about rear view mirrors as metaphors for the past? I give it till next week.

Juliette and Deacon spent some time bonding this week over the fact that Juliette’s pill-popping mom needed rehab and Deacon, rehab alum that he is, was the only person who could convince her to go. At one point, Juliette even finds her mother passed out with some random hobo, both in their underwear after a bender, and Juliette kicks the hobo out of her house and back to his boxcar, to the horror of all the passersby on the sidewalk outside her home. I bring this point up solely to ask you all, didn’t Juliette live in a super-secure gated estate last week? Were all the horrified onlookers like Disney Castmembers that she pays to act like real people on the grounds of her property? That part confused me.

ANYWAY. Point is, she’s mortified by her mother, Deacon helps, her mom slaps her for making her go to rehab, and then Deacon tells her to put all this in her rearview mirror which is a Carrie Underwood-style song if I ever heard one. Or at least an actual Pearl Jam song.

Last week, we lamented the fact that there weren’t enough musical performances within the episode, and to make up for that, we got two before the opening credits in episode five. The first featured Rayna singing one of the hits from years ago, co-written by Deacon, called “American Beauty.” Was it a song I’d like to hear more than once? Not really. But did it fill that niche of perfect Macy’s/Ralph Lauren fragrance commercial music, as it was supposed to? To a T. (To a T-Bone Burnett, actually. Cough.) Honestly, the way the music is tailored to fit this show is impeccable, whether or not the songs are all hits I could listen to on repeat.

The standout of the episode for me (as always…literally it is always a duet that proves to be my favoritest of all) was “Loving You Is The Only Way To Fly,” sung by Scarlett and Gunnar, but totally ruined by Avery.

This performance was Scarlett and Gunnar’s chance to get a songwriting deal, and as a favor, they let Avery sit in with them to play guitar on it, but of course Avery’s agenda also includes getting a deal of some sort and he took it upon himself to try and overshadow their song with his fancy strumming. Scarlett later tells him they didn’t get a deal because of the guitar player who hijacked their song. The real-life, now-defunct duo Buxton Hughes wrote the song, and for comparison, you can watch them perform it live below, minus all of Avery’s fancy guitar-work.

Juliette’s standout performance this week was the recording session where she sang “Yellin’ From The Rooftop” at the beginning of the show, and it’s worth noting that that sing was also co-written by Buxton Hughes’ Sarah Buxton, along with Michael James Ryan Busbee. Busbee is also responsible for Lady Antebellum‘s “Our Kind Of Love,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart in 2010. “Yellin’ From The Rooftop” is available as a single on iTunes. Once again it showed off Hayden Panettiere‘s pipes, but as we mentioned, this rear view mirror song is like, pre-destined. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be our generation’s “Landslide,” guys. Until next week, farewell, y’all.


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