PART 1: BUDDY MILLER PREVIEWS THE MUSIC OF “NASHVILLE,” SEASON 2

PART 1: BUDDY MILLER PREVIEWS THE MUSIC OF “NASHVILLE,” SEASON 2

PART 1: A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

Guitarist/producer/singer Buddy Miller takes the reins this year as Executive Music Producer for the hit TV series “Nashville.” In an exclusive interview with CMA Close Up, the Americana legend offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how he oversaw the scoring for Season 2, which premieres Sept. 25 on ABC.

BUDDY MILLER, CHARLES ESTENHas there been a time this season when a song didn’t work out on the show as expected and you had to find a quick replacement?

No, because there are lots of steps that a song has to walk through before it actually makes it onto the show. By that time, a lot of people have heard it and they all have got to think it’s really good. There’s always after-the-fact guessing, but I will say there were some songs last season that were just stellar, some really great songs by anyone’s standards, not just the show’s. The evidence is in the people really responding to them on an emotional level.

Which songs worked especially well, in your view?

There was this song, “Stronger Than Me,” last season; Rayna James (played by Connie Britton) sang that. Then there was the last song of the season, “Nothing in This World (Will Break My Heart Again.”

 

That song was sung by Hayden Panetteiere, playing Juliette Barnes.

Correct. Kate York and Sarah Buxton, who are friends of mine, wrote both of those songs. That was part of the joy of collecting songs last season – the folks in town that I know who are without a doubt just incredible writers. We’re able to bring some of their songs to a place where more people can hear them. “Striking Matches” is another example. Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis are a couple of great writers here in town. We used their lyrics. It’s a beautiful song too. “When the right One Comes Along” (Georgia Middleman, Davis and Zimmerman) is another one. They’re both great guitar players, great singers. Since that song aired, I think they’ve played the Opry 18 or 19 times.

Coming Up on CMACloseUp.com: Buddy Miller describes his own onstage appearance in “Nashville” and offers more detail on how he picks songs for each episode.