OFFSTAGE: Nashville Men Can’t Tell Country From Colors

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The guys on Nashville are good at a lot of things: sex, scandal, singing, songwriting. But they seriously suck at this Glamour magazine game called “Nail Polish or Country Song?” All four manly men — Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, Eric Close and Sam Palladio — sit around trying to determine if “Sparks Fly,” “Gunpowder & Lead,” “BBQ Stain” and “Somethin’ ’Bout a Truck” are songs or not. They fail miserably. But, they look good, so that helps you forget their shortcomings. The story goes on to reveal a little about each guy’s background. Jackson was on General Hospital in the late ’90s. Esten used to be on The Office. Close did a faux FBI stint on Without a Trace. And Palladio is kind of new at this. At least in America. “I auditioned on webcam. It was my first visit to the U.S. when I came to Nashville,” he said.

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