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'Nashville' series premiere recap: Grand, But Also Old

Rayna James is Country Music. Or maybe it's more accurate to say: Rayna James is what Country Music was. In the opening minutes of the premiere of Nashville, we meet Rayna at her big house getting ready for a big show. She gives a big hug to her two adorable children and her genial hubby. Within moments, she's onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, celebrating Watty White: Producer, Nashville legend, Rayna's person Mr. Miyagi. She's flanked by lead guitarist and love-slave Deacon Claybourne, and she's singing one of her hits. She's Faith Hill, or Reba McEntire, or Tami Taylor with a singing voice. She's on top of the world. There are cracks in the facade, of course: Her husband happily tells the kids that they're rich, but they're a different kind of rich: "Cash poor." But she's a star. Stars don't go broke. What could possibly happen to upset Rayna's happy life? Read More...

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