OFFSTAGE: Eli Young Band, Will Hoge Talk Nashville Theme

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Obviously, I like a lot of the country songs on the new ABC show, Nashville. But none more so than the very first episode’s theme song — the Eli Young Band’s “Even if It Breaks Your Heart.” (Although a close second would have to be when when Hayden Panettiere did “Undermine,” written by Trent Dabbs and Kacey Musgraves.) I was wondering if the Eli Young Band loved having their song kick off the show as much as I did. So I asked frontman Mike Eli when I chatted with him in the real Nashville last week. “It’s one of those moments where, you know, we still picture ourselves as this garage band from Texas. So having moments like this — being on a network show like Nashville — is so surreal,” he told me. And one of the song’s co-writers, Will Hoge, echoed Eli’s sentiments. “Being born and raised in Nashville, it’s such a cool thing to be a part of a show that’s based here and is about singer-songwriters like me,” he said. “And I still do get my heart broken sometimes. That’s what you have to do. That’s the business. If you can get your heart broken and keep coming back, you’re destined for big things.”

There’s actually a Music Lounge set up on ABC’s website so that if you like the songs you heard on an episode, you can find out who sings them, who wrote them, what they’re called, and in some cases, download them. I can’t wait to hear what songs they have on Wednesday night’s (Nov. 7) episode.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.