Jeff goes to war against Rayna on control of the album she produced with Liam, and Juliette makes a decision about Charlie Wentworth. Should she risk all her assets on Highway 65? During her moment of weakness, she is driven right into the hands of her nemesis. When Rayna confronts her, Tandy unloads her suspicions about their father. Deacon and Gunnar find themselves marginalized at the Festival and team up to to put on an unauthorized show, and Scarlett is freezing out Zoey and Gunnar but drawing closer to Avery. Liam returns to help Rayna complete her album, and Peggy engages in a plan to win Teddy back. Rayna is determined to buy herself out of her Edgehill contract once and for all, even though Tandy and Luke counsel otherwise. Rayna is struggling to strike the right balance with the two dads and their fatherhood responsibilities.
Juliette is racked with guilt knowing that her back is against the wall after Jeff threatens to go to Avery with the truth. She will perform with Luke Wilson and duet with Juliette before thousands of fans. The good news is that the actual soiundtrack for Season Two, Volume Two may be the best batch of songs and performances that producer Buddy Miller has assembled yet. Luke Wheeler commiserates with Rayna about the challenges of exes and parenting. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Release Date: 2013-09-25 After the crash, Rayna is in a coma and Deacon is left to wait on his pending jail sentence.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Juliette hides out at Avery's house, avoiding the fan backlash and enjoying their new relationship. Meanwhile, Layla tries to convince Will to join her in a reality show. But that's the bad news. Is it by Rayna's side with his daughters? Deacon tries to find his way back to music and discovers an unexpected ally in Avery.
Juliette meets with the chief to discuss her new mature sound and look. Though Jeff seems supportive, he has a different agenda. Will and Layla discover they aren't all that different and find comfort in one another's company and Teddy will stop at nothing to reveal Lamar's connection to Peggy's death. Deacon is blaming Rayna for pushing her too fast, Rayna is blaming Juliette and for forcing her on stage and Beverly thinks Rayna is only interested in seeing her label succeed. Gunnar is feeling pressure to reveal a secret about Juliette to Avery until Zoey urges him that his professional and private life should be kept separate.
The question is -- who will be part of it? Zoey and Avery make plans to visit Scarlett on the road in an effort to boost her spirits, though that feeling may be short-lived. But when Deacon hires Avery to be his engineer for his upcoming recording of a live concert at the Bluebird, Juliette is home alone and not loving it. Teddy is beginning to feel like his family is slipping further and further away from him. Deacon is discovering his record deal might not be what he expected and Scarlett's collaboration with Liam gets off to a rocky start. Rayna has returned from her hiatus and the plan includes her own label, with Will and Scarlett attached. Juliette takes a high-paying private gig at a billionaire couple's anniversary party, but she soon discovers her host is interested in more than just her musical abilities.
Teddy is still shell-shocked about Peggy's pregnancy and struggles to understand where he belongs. . . Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Meanwhile, Maddie grapples with the revelation that Deacon is her father and, feeling alone, turns to Juliette, unwittingly revealing the details of what happened before the traumatic crash.
Kelly Clarkson guest stars as herself and makes Gunnar and Scarlett a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Rayna asks Deacon to help write a much-needed hit for her new album, and it's like old times--perhaps too much. She demands that Glenn find out who leaked career-killing gossip to the tabloids so she can get ahead of the bad press by calling them out. It always feels like everyone has an axe to grind with Juliette so she turns to Avery, only to find him preoccupied with Scarlett. Gunnar struggles to write a song for a major artist, and gets help from Scarlett-sparking an idea for Rayna that could potentially be liberating for her and life-changing for Gunnar. He wants to make her a superstar and brings her to Los Angeles to record, but marginalizes Glenn in the process. Meanwhile, Scarlett is fired up with creativity and pills.
And Will and Layla begin shooting their new reality series. While on a date with Layla, Will runs into Brent on a date with a new man, and Gunnar finds himself in a power position in his singing and songwriting. . And Gunnar and Scarlett's relationship becomes even more complicated after the proposal, so they turn to their friends, Will and Zoey, for support. Concert venues are dropping from Juliette's tour and Jeff, her label head, is furious, and Zoey is bruised by Gunnar's inattention when he gets an invitation to co-write from Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
Juliette's reputation takes another body blow as creative video editing seems to show her proclaiming there is no God, further fueling her detractors. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top. Deacon's troubled past with his own father casts a shadow over his impending relationship with Maddie, and Will and Scarlett undergo makeovers for the Stockholders Showcase. She details her passion to grow and her natural desire to be taken more seriously as an artist. Rayna's bought herself out of Edgehill, but the the pressure to succeed is greater than ever, and Deacon struggles to write during his sobriety and relative stability and finds help from Maddie and Daphne. Part of the reason may be that the show's actors -- Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Charles Esten -- have grown much more comfortable with their dual roles as singers.