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"Nashville" goes on the road

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Stars of ABC's "Nashville" will once again hit the road in an eight-city spring concert tour.

Launching on April 29 in New York City, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy will take the stage and perform various songs from the hit television series. Sam Palladio will join the tour for the New York and Los Angeles shows, and Jonathan Jackson will appear in Chicago. All shows go on sale Friday, March 27.

"It is so exciting and rewarding to see our amazing cast blossom as live artists and be able to have that intimate relationship with our 'Nashville' fans," said Dawn Soler, Senior Vice President, TV Music, ABC Entertainment Group. "Taking 'Nashville' on the road, along with our 'On The Record' series, offers our viewers a complete and authentic experience."

"We were truly energized last year by the fervor and passion we experienced on the road." shared Steve Buchanan, president of Opry Entertainment. "We have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to once again share the exceptional talents of our cast with fans from coast to coast. They are all rare individuals that excel as actors, musicians, songwriters and performers."

Tour dates are:
April 29 New York, NY Beacon Theater
May 2 Boston, MA Wang Theater
May 3 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
May 5 Chicago, IL Rosemont Auditorium
May 6 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
May 8 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
May 9 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater L.A. Live
May 10 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater

"Nashville" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. eastern on ABC. Since its debut, "Nashville" has inspired six "Music of Nashville" soundtracks, as well as a Christmas album, which have collectively sold nearly 1 million soundtracks and more than 4 million tracks. Produced by Big Machine Records, ABC Studios and Lionsgate, the show's sixth and highly-anticipated soundtrack is on sale May 12.

Now in its third season, "Nashville" regularly draws nearly 8 million viewers. It is set against the backdrop of the city's music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. "Nashville" is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. Buddy Miller is Executive Music Producer and Frankie Pine is Music Supervisor.

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