Big Machine Label To Release Music From ABC’s “Nashville” Series
Big Machine Artists Will Also Contribute Music To The Show’s Soundtrack
With ABC’s new country music-themed drama “Nashville” set to premiere on October 10, ABC Studios has partnered with one of the genre’s top record label groups for the release of music from the show. That company, Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), is home to such stars as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio (pictured above with the full cast) are among the cast members slated to sing original music created for the series, for which Grammy Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett serves as executive music producer.
The show is being shot entirely in the city for which it is named, and its plot centers on the inner workings of the music industry and a rivalry between country stars.
Under the new partnership, Big Machine will release original music from “Nashville” each week on both iTunes and ABC’s Music Lounge site. Several songs from the show’s first episode will be made available on iTunes beginning October 9, including “If I Didn't Know Better,” a song written by the Civil Wars’ John Paul White along with Arum Rae, and sung by Bowen and Palladio.
Music by BMLG artists will also serve as the soundtrack for the series. The premiere episode of “Nashville” opens with Eli Young Band’s recent No. 1 hit, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Other BMLG artists and songs featured in the first episode include and Justin Moore’s No. 1 hit, “Small Town USA,” newcomer Greg Bates’ top 15 single, “Did It For the Girl,” and Edens Edge’s “Too Good To Be True.”
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.