“Nashville” Recap: “Time Changes Things”

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoOn Wednesday's Nashville, country superstar Rayna Jaymes stalked her boyfriend Deacon's bitter sister Beverly all over Biloxi, Mississippi, trying to convince her to give her dying brother a piece of her liver. Rayna's compliments on Beverly's performance of the song "Touble" at a rundown country bar didn't help the cause. Beverly blames Rayna for breaking up her musical act with Deacon and shooting down any chance for Beverly to become a country star in her own right. In the end, Rayna offered a million-dollar check to Beverly as a last-ditch effort to get her to save Deacon.

Christina Aguilera's three-episode stint as pop star Jade St. John came to an end this week, as did her character's love affair with country hunk, Luke Wheeler. After spending some time in Jade's high-profile Los Angeles world, Luke decided he belonged back in Nashville. The fact that his teenage son, Colt, was caught in a compromising situation with Rayna's daughter, Maddie, made Luke exit Los Angeles that much faster.

Mayor Teddy Conrad learned the feds were coming after him after his prostitute girlfriend, Natasha, turned him in for embezzling government funds and blackmailing a city official. Lucky for Teddy, one of his friends works in the prosecutor's office and offered him immunity. We'll find out next week what that friend wants in return for Teddy's freedom.

Gunnar Scott's ex-girlfriend Kylie returned to Nashville, asking to her son, Micah, who is now living with his grandparents. You'll remember Kylie left Micah with Gunnar, who was under the impression Micah was his son. Gunnar eventually found out Micah's father was his late brother, Jason. In a tearful confession in Gunnar's living room, Kylie revealed Micah was conceived when Jason raped her one night at a party. This development throws a wrench in Gunnar's hopes of getting back together with his other ex-girlfriend, Scarlett.

New parents Juliette Barnes and Avery Barkley finally worked together to revive her country career with a surprise rooftop performance in downtown Nashville. Her performance of the new song, "Mississippi Flood," was a big hit, and the parents shared a sexy moment in the elevator after the performance. All that excitement faded away as they returned home to their crying baby, Cadence.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery, knows first-hand how hard it can be for parents to connect.

"I have three kids of my own, so I know that children add a huge amount of intensity in different ways to your life, and responsibility," Jonathan explains. "At the same time it mellows you out, so it’s kind of a paradox because you’re less concerned about your own ambitions and you’re kind of less wrapped up in your own world. You have something else and someone else to provide for and think about."

Through all of the challenges, Jonathan looks forward to seeing Avery and Juliette grow as parents and as musicians.

He adds, "I think that it will probably add perspective for both of them, but at the same time, logistically, it makes life complicated sometimes."

Juliette's performance of "Mississippi Flood" will be included on the new The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2, due out May 12th.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Time Changes Things”

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoOn Wednesday's Nashville, country superstar Rayna Jaymes stalked her boyfriend Deacon's bitter sister Beverly all over Biloxi, Mississippi, trying to convince her to give her dying brother a piece of her liver. Rayna's compliments on Beverly's performance of the song "Touble" at a rundown country bar didn't help the cause. Beverly blames Rayna for breaking up her musical act with Deacon and shooting down any chance for Beverly to become a country star in her own right. In the end, Rayna offered a million-dollar check to Beverly as a last-ditch effort to get her to save Deacon.

Christina Aguilera's three-episode stint as pop star Jade St. John came to an end this week, as did her character's love affair with country hunk, Luke Wheeler. After spending some time in Jade's high-profile Los Angeles world, Luke decided he belonged back in Nashville. The fact that his teenage son, Colt, was caught in a compromising situation with Rayna's daughter, Maddie, made Luke exit Los Angeles that much faster.

Mayor Teddy Conrad learned the feds were coming after him after his prostitute girlfriend, Natasha, turned him in for embezzling government funds and blackmailing a city official. Lucky for Teddy, one of his friends works in the prosecutor's office and offered him immunity. We'll find out next week what that friend wants in return for Teddy's freedom.

Gunnar Scott's ex-girlfriend Kylie returned to Nashville, asking to her son, Micah, who is now living with his grandparents. You'll remember Kylie left Micah with Gunnar, who was under the impression Micah was his son. Gunnar eventually found out Micah's father was his late brother, Jason. In a tearful confession in Gunnar's living room, Kylie revealed Micah was conceived when Jason raped her one night at a party. This development throws a wrench in Gunnar's hopes of getting back together with his other ex-girlfriend, Scarlett.

New parents Juliette Barnes and Avery Barkley finally worked together to revive her country career with a surprise rooftop performance in downtown Nashville. Her performance of the new song, "Mississippi Flood," was a big hit, and the parents shared a sexy moment in the elevator after the performance. All that excitement faded away as they returned home to their crying baby, Cadence.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery, knows first-hand how hard it can be for parents to connect.

"I have three kids of my own, so I know that children add a huge amount of intensity in different ways to your life, and responsibility," Jonathan explains. "At the same time it mellows you out, so it’s kind of a paradox because you’re less concerned about your own ambitions and you’re kind of less wrapped up in your own world. You have something else and someone else to provide for and think about."

Through all of the challenges, Jonathan looks forward to seeing Avery and Juliette grow as parents and as musicians.

He adds, "I think that it will probably add perspective for both of them, but at the same time, logistically, it makes life complicated sometimes."

Juliette's performance of "Mississippi Flood" will be included on the new The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2, due out May 12th.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHank Williams, Jr. has signed a new deal with Nash Icon Records and will soon begin work on his 37th studio album. Look for the project to come out later this year.

Martina McBride sang "Over the Rainbow" on Fox's American Idol Wednesday night. A studio version of her performance is now available at iTunes.

Brett Eldredge returns to his home state of Illinois for a pre-NASCAR race concert at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 20.

Florida Georgia Line has established a new publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. The name comes from the duo's recording studio in a treehouse on band member Brian Kelley's Nashville property.

Congratulations to 78-year-old country legend Merle Haggard on being presented with an honorary high school diploma from his now-alma mater Bakersfield High School in California. According to the Bakersfield Californian, Merle dropped out of the school as a freshman after attending just nine days of the year.

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Darius Rucker Reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish on TV Tonight to Bid David Letterman Farewel

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleHootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years as lead singer Darius Rucker continues his successful country career, but the band does occasionally get together to perform -- though not on TV.  That changes Thursday night, though, when Hootie -- with Darius -- will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Why?  Turns out they want to say goodbye to Letterman, the man who they credit for their incredible success in the '90s.

According to Darius, Letterman was directly responsible for turning the first Hootie & Blowfish single, "Hold My Hand," into a hit, by booking the group on his show.  "It was the turning point of our careers," he says, noting that initially, "Hold My Hand" wasn't getting any significant airplay outside the South, until Letterman heard it by chance one day.

"One day in New York, David Letterman got off from work and was driving home and one of the DJs decided he was gonna play 'Hold My Hand,'" Darius recalls. "Then, legend goes, Letterman heard the song and pulled over on the side of the road and called his bookers. It was a Tuesday and said, 'I want this Hootie & the Blowfish band on my show as soon as we can.' And we were on that Friday."

After that exposure, Darius says, the band was off and running.

"That Friday morning, we were just another band trying to get on the radio, fighting grunge, having little success," he says. "And after we played Letterman on Friday night, Monday morning we were on the way to being the biggest band in the world. It changed that overnight. It was crazy how quick it happened after that."

But that Friday booking wasn't the only support that Letterman gave the band: he continued to promote them in an unusual way.

"Every show for almost a year he said the name Hootie & the Blowfish," laughs Darius. "Every show for almost a year. Every show. We'd watch it just to see how he was gonna say our name, but he said it every night. That was crazy!"

Letterman's final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 on CBS.  Meanwhile, Darius has hinted that Hootie may be recording some new music and doing an extensive tour sometime in the next couple of years.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHank Williams, Jr. has signed a new deal with Nash Icon Records and will soon begin work on his 37th studio album. Look for the project to come out later this year.

Martina McBride sang "Over the Rainbow" on Fox's American Idol Wednesday night. A studio version of her performance is now available at iTunes.

Brett Eldredge returns to his home state of Illinois for a pre-NASCAR race concert at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 20.

Florida Georgia Line has established a new publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. The name comes from the duo's recording studio in a treehouse on band member Brian Kelley's Nashville property.

Congratulations to 78-year-old country legend Merle Haggard on being presented with an honorary high school diploma from his now-alma mater Bakersfield High School in California. According to the Bakersfield Californian, Merle dropped out of the school as a freshman after attending just nine days of the year.

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Darius Rucker Reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish on TV Tonight to Bid David Letterman Farewell

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleHootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years as lead singer Darius Rucker continues his successful country career, but the band does occasionally get together to perform -- though not on TV.  That changes Thursday night, though, when Hootie -- with Darius -- will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Why?  Turns out they want to say goodbye to Letterman, the man who they credit for their incredible success in the '90s.

According to Darius, Letterman was directly responsible for turning the first Hootie & Blowfish single, "Hold My Hand," into a hit, by booking the group on his show.  "It was the turning point of our careers," he says, noting that initially, "Hold My Hand" wasn't getting any significant airplay outside the South, until Letterman heard it by chance one day.

"One day in New York, David Letterman got off from work and was driving home and one of the DJs decided he was gonna play 'Hold My Hand,'" Darius recalls. "Then, legend goes, Letterman heard the song and pulled over on the side of the road and called his bookers. It was a Tuesday and said, 'I want this Hootie & the Blowfish band on my show as soon as we can.' And we were on that Friday."

After that exposure, Darius says, the band was off and running.

"That Friday morning, we were just another band trying to get on the radio, fighting grunge, having little success," he says. "And after we played Letterman on Friday night, Monday morning we were on the way to being the biggest band in the world. It changed that overnight. It was crazy how quick it happened after that."

But that Friday booking wasn't the only support that Letterman gave the band: he continued to promote them in an unusual way.

"Every show for almost a year he said the name Hootie & the Blowfish," laughs Darius. "Every show for almost a year. Every show. We'd watch it just to see how he was gonna say our name, but he said it every night. That was crazy!"

Letterman's final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 on CBS.  Meanwhile, Darius has hinted that Hootie may be recording some new music and doing an extensive tour sometime in the next couple of years.

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