NASHVILLE's Charles Esten's 'Playing Tricks' Now Available on ABC Music Lounge


NASHVILLE's Charles Esten's 'Playing Tricks' Now Available on ABC Music Lounge

ABC Music Lounge's "Nashville"-inspired docu-web series, "On the Record," is live at with the original song "Playing Tricks" written by Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis) and Adam Wright and performed by Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne. The song is available on iTunes and, and featured on this week's episode of "Nashville," WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For this week's "On the Record: Playing Tricks," fans are offered a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process surrounding Charles Esten's character, Deacon Clayborne, as he continues to pursue his comeback as a solo artist. In interviews with songwriters Striking Matches and Adam Wright, "Nashville's" music supervisor Frankie Pine, music producer Buddy Miller and the song's performer Charles Esten, fans can hear and understand firsthand how important each week's featured song is to the story line.

"We were looking for something up tempo for Deacon and this was his "out-door, on-stage, rocking it" song. It had that incredible hook that kind of draws you in and once you hear it one time you can automatically sing it," shared Pine.

"I'm just so grateful for these writers and their brains that come up with this genius stuff that I get to not only sing, but act like my character wrote it," said Esten.

"We were looking for a song for Deacon to just find his way back to playing guitar. Chip can sing and can deliver a song, so I was really happy to get a song that Chip could sink his teeth into," added Miller.

"Nashville" airs WEDNESDAY, DECEMEBER 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) with a new episode and new music.

The latest soundtrack from Big Machine Records, ABC Studios and Lionsgate, "THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK SEASON 2, VOLUME 1" is now available and includes The Following tracks: "What If I Was Willing," performed by Chris Carmack; "Can't Get It Right," performed by Sam Palladio; "A Life That's Good," performed by Lennon & Maisy; "Ball And Chain," performed by Connie Britton; "This Town," performed by CLARE BOWEN and Charles Esten; "Trouble Is," performed by Hayden Panettiere; "Playin' Tricks," performed by Charles Esten; "Why Can't I Say Goodnight," performed by CLARE BOWEN and Sam Palladio; "Tell Me," performed by Aubrey Peeples; "Wayfaring Stranger (A Cappella Version)," performed by Chaley Rose; "Share With You," performed by Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella; "How You Learn To Live Alone," performed by Jonathan Jackson and "Can't Say No To You," performed by Hayden Panettiere and Chris Carmack. All original music is released by ABC Studios, Lionsgate and ABC Music Lounge in association with Big Machine Records.

"On the Record" is a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on "Nashville" written by singer/songwriters in the music scene, from the songs' inception to on-air premiere. The series offers an intimate look into the songwriting process, from guitar demo to music video and all the steps in between.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, ERIC CLOSE as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, CLARE BOWEN as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.

"Nashville" is executive-produced by Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue," "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), CALLIE KHOURI ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,D,L,S parental guideline.

ABC Music Lounge, which launched in May 2009 on, provides users with an interactive online music experience that is uniquely ABC. Reflective of the network's commitment to using digital platforms to deepen its relationship with viewers, the ABC Music Lounge showcases everything about the music and artists featured on ABC's popular Primetime schedule, offering a deep catalog of music-related content that includes "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy," "Revenge" and "Once Upon a Time," among others. Visitors to the site can get access to exclusive weekly free downloads. ABC Music Lounge is home to music videos, exclusive performance footage, photos and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists, series producers and music supervisors.

Big Machine Records is the leading independent Nashville-based record label home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGRaw and Rascal Flatts.

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