‘Nashville:’ It’s a TV show, a tour, a series of albums

Patrick Dunn
Special to The Detroit News

In addition to the TV show and concert tour, “Nashville” also has generated a slew of recorded music. The show’s mostly original tunes have now been collected over a series of seven soundtrack albums, as well as a Christmas album featuring the cast. During the show’s ratings peak in its first season, “Nashville” soundtracks also had major success on the record charts; the first two compilations hit No. 14 and No. 13 on the Billboard 200.

The show has attracted top-notch musical talent behind the scenes. Star producer T Bone Burnett, who has worked with numerous stars including Roy Orbison, Elton John and Tony Bennett, was the executive music producer for the show’s first season. Roots music legends including Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt and Elvis Costello have all written songs that have been performed on the show.

The show’s most recent soundtrack album, “The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 1,” went on sale in December. While the record chart rankings have waned with the show’s TV ratings, the new release still charted at No. 170 on the Billboard 200 and No. 17 on Billboard’s U.S. Country chart.