Sarah Davidson’s Real Reality

You think reality TV is real? Try real life.

Even though you might think you’re getting to know singer-songwriter Sarah Davidson because of her involvement in the candid new show Private Wives of Nashville Wives , there’s so much more to her story.

On Monday night’s (March 10) episode of the TNT series, Davidson talked about what it was like being married to prolific country songwriter Dallas Davidson, whose credits include “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”

“Every time I get in my car and turn on the radio, I hear a Dallas song,” she said. “Working with Dallas is difficult. When you’re with somebody who is so successful, you can have self-doubt, and trying to navigate that can be really tough.”

Dallas himself even made a remark on the show that hinted at what’s to come.

“It’s not easy being married,” he said. “Nobody ever said it was, either. It’s what you make of it.”

And later, co-star Betty Malo (wife of Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo) noticed something was off with Sarah.

“She always seems alone,” Malo said. “I feel she’s experiencing pain.”

I caught up with Sarah last week when she was performing in Chicago, and we talked about her songwriting, her new EP, her live show, the reality show and the real reality.

“Dallas and I are not together anymore,” she said, adding they’d been married for more than three years. “We connected artistically. We support each other. We still care about each other and respect each other’s talents. It just didn’t work out for us to be in a marriage situation. But it is what it is. And you can’t go back and change things.”

She actually has a song on her debut EP called “Get Out.” Dallas wrote it, and Sarah said she’d always wanted to cut it.

“It’s so perfect for where my life is now,” she said. “It’s a heartbreak song and how memories are always haunting you. As an artist, I owe it to myself to be honest about where I am and what I’m going through in my life. I think a lot of people are going through personal stuff, but they mask that in their career. They cut songs that are irrelevant to what’s going on in their life.

“It’s so important for artists to be authentic. And to bare what’s going on in your personal life through your music.”

But heartbreak songs aside, Davidson says she’s in a very good place. She told me about growing up in Georgia and being inspired by Dolly Parton to write songs at a very young age.

“I know I have a long way to go,” she said. “But if I could go back and tell my 11-year-old self, ‘You’re going to live in Nashville and you’re gonna write songs for a living and you’re going to go on the road with your band and play live,’ that little girl would just die.”

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