A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ABC's Nashville is a prime-time soap about relationships and careers in Music City. This iTunes-only soundtrack album contains 10 of the songs performed by cast members on the show. Co-produced by revered roots artists/producers T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, the songs are especially high quality and support the realism of the show. A few songs mention drinking alcohol (wine, tequila), and a couple have some mild sexual content. In "If I Didn't Know Better" someone in a committed relationship thinks about cheating. "Twist of Barbwire" has the most explicit line: "Will you open your legs or your eyes?"
What's the story?
NASHVILLE, ABC's prime-time soap about relationships and careers in Music City, was created by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Callie Khouri. The show is like a modern country musical where cast members perform songs, in recording studios and onstage, that help drive the plot. This iTunes-only soundtrack to the program includes 10 of the tracks performed on the series, some of which were written specifically for the show. Co-produced by top roots musician/producers T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, the songs are an integral part of the show's appeal.
Is it any good?
The songs on The Music of Nashville aren't just good songs for a TV show or musical; they're better than most of the new music on country radio. The series performers are superbly talented singers as well as actors, and their characters' personalities come through loud and clear in these songs. Both T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller are masterful producers with an impeccable sense of rhythm, authenticity, emotion, and restraint, and of course it doesn't hurt that they had the help of songwriters such as the Civil Wars' John Paul White, and Elvis Costello.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the sentiments in the songs reflect the personalities of the characters on the program. What do you learn about the characters from just the music?
Do you think it was a good idea for the label to release these songs only on iTunes? Why or why not?
In "Wrong Song," Connie Britton sings, "If you're looking for one more chance/ A little stand by your man/ You’ve got the wrong song." What does this line mean?
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