OFFSTAGE: Which Nashville Is Best: ABC’s or The New York Times‘?

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Everyone I know in Nashville is thrilled that The New York Times has shined a light on their great city. The story paints a picture of a place with traditionally Southern sensibilities but with “the luster of the current” and says it’s where conservative Christians and hipsters overlap. There’s even a quote from Sugarland ‘s Jennifer Nettles, who recently moved to Nashville from Atlanta. “There’s a bit of charm and a richness a city the size of Nashville allows for,” she says. But after watching Wednesday night’s (Jan. 9) episode of ABC’s Nashville, I think I might like Music City more for the drama that keeps unfolding on the show. Scarlett took over Avery’s frontman job in his band (after she slept with him and then found out he’d gone solo), Juliette married Sean (I think just so they could have sex) and then had a passive-aggressive conversation with her new monster-in-law, Deacon slept with a music journalist and Rayna threatened to take her two daughters on tour despite the impact it would have on her husband’s mayoral campaign. And then, when it came time to reenact her wedding in a church, Juliette disappeared somewhere on her private jet. So, which Nashville is your favorite — the real one or the TV version?

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