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'Nashville' Cast: Where Are They Now?

The ABC turned CMT TV show Nashville is really one of the all-time greats for country music fans. While the recent shortlived series Monarch is the latest to dabble in the drama of what it's like behind the scenes in the world of country music, Nashville really set the bar high with its strong storytelling and even better music. The series gave us so many incredible original songs, inspiring performances by the stellar cast, and an inside look into what fame really looks like for the biggest names in Music City. 

Part of the reason the music is so memorable is because of the serious star power helping write the original songs. Names like Ashley Monroe, Dustin Lynch, Morgane Stapleton, Kayce Musgraves, Maren Morris, and more all contributed to the music, which is still some of the best you'll find on a TV series.

Throughout its six seasons, Nashville was nominated for multiple awards, including several Golden Globes. The show even gave us fun cameos from actors with ties to country music, including a recurring role for Brad Paisley's wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Here's what all of your favorite cast members have been up to since the series ended in 2018.

Connie Britton - Rayna Jaymes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: Connie Britton attends The Hollywood Reporter 2022 Power 100 Women in Entertainment presented by Lifetime at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 07, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

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From Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights to Rayna James in Nashville, Connie Britton is easily one of the biggest TV actresses right now. Since Nashville wrapped, Britton went on to appear in SMILF, 9-1-1, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and Dirty John, which earned the actress a Golden Globe nomination.

Hayden Panettiere - Juliette Barnes

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Hayden Panettiere attends Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's New Film "Blonde" at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 13, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

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Hayden Panettiere has largely been taking it easy since playing the sassy pop-country star determined to outshine Rayna James, Juliette Barnes. She has a young daughter from her relationship with heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and is set to appear in the upcoming Scream 6. Outside of Nashville, Panettiere's most recent TV appearances include being a guest judge on Chopped Junior and competing against Eva Longoria on Lip Sync Battle.  

Clare Bowen - Scarlett O'Connor

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Clare Bowen performs at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival at the MGM Resorts Village on October 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio had incredible chemistry on the show playing Scarlett and Gunnar. "Fade Into You" and "If I Didn't Know Better" still give me all the feels. The Australian actress appeared in the miniseries Hungry Ghosts but has mostly been focused on her music career after releasing her debut album in 2018. She also married country artist Brandon Robert Young in 2017 after he proposed at the Grand Ole Opry a couple of years prior. She's also appeared in a couple of Hallmark Channel films in recent years, including 2022's #XMAS.

Eric Close - Teddy Conrad

MONACO, MONACO - JUNE 20: Eric Close attends The Eric Close Photocall as part of the 61st Monte Carlo TV Festival At The Grimaldi Forum on June 20, 2022 in Monaco, Monaco.

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Oh, Teddy Conrad. It was sometimes stressful watching his marriage with Rayna fall apart over the course of the series, but Close gave us an excellent performance. The actor has since starred in a couple of Hallmark movies, including A Christmas Love Story (which he also directed!) and Ángel Falls: A Novel Holiday.

Charles Esten - Deacon Claybourne

NAPA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: Singer Charles Esten attends Live In The Vineyard Goes Country at the Uptown Theatre on April 27, 2022 in Napa, California.

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Charles Esten. Need we say more? Deacon Claybourne was a fan favorite for a reason, and it never got old watching his performances with Connie Britton. Esten has since kept busy with his music career, regularly performing at the Grand Ole Opry, touring, and releasing new music. He is also starred in the Netflix series Outer Banks.

Jonathan Jackson - Avery Barkley

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actor/musician Jonathan Jackson visits AOL Build to discuss his role on ABC's "Nashville" and his upcoming EP with his band, Enation at AOL Studios In New York on May 5, 2016 in New York City.

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Bad boy Avery Barkley was hard not to love as the series got going. Though he started out in a relationship with Scarlett, we loved watching him and Juliette in their on-again-off-again dramatic romance. Jackson hasn't appeared in any acting roles since Nashville wrapped; he's been focusing on his music career and performing with his band Enation.

Sam Palladio - Gunnar Scott

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 05: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Sam Palladio arrives at the 2018 iHeartCountry Festival By AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 5, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

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Was there anyone that didn't love Gunnar Scott? Since the show wrapped, Palladio has starred as Prince Edward opposite Vanessa Hudgens in the Netflix Christmas movie The Princess Switch and its two sequels. The film follows a regular girl from Chicago who happens to look exactly like the duchess of the fictional country of Montenaro, so naturally, they switch places. The British actor, originally from Pembury, Kent, has also appeared in the Hulu series Catherine the Great and Humans. He's currently in a relationship with fellow performer Cassadee Pope.

Chris Carmack - Will Lexington

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Chris Carmack arrives at the CMA Songwriters Series featuring the men of ABC's "Nashville" at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 5, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Carmack gave a moving performance showing the internal struggles of country singer Will Lexington as he comes to terms with his sexuality. Since Nashville wrapped, Carmack has been starring as Atticus "Link" Lincoln on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Lennon Stella - Maddie Conrad

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Lennon Stella visits the Young Hollywood Studio on January 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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It's really crazy seeing the Stella sisters now compared to when the series began in 2012. In 2020, Stella released her debut studio album, Three. Two. One. She also headlined her own tour and performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in 2019. Nashville is the only acting credit on the singer's resume, so it's safe to assume Stella is focusing on music for the time being. 

Maisy Stella - Daphne Conrad

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Maisy Stella attends the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The younger Stella sister started out on YouTube with her sister, where they were discovered for the series. Though originally Canadian, Maisy now lives in Nashville, where she is working on her first full-length album. Like her sister, she is fully focused on a music career at this point, which makes sense as their parents are also performers, The Stellas.

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