(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
When is too much too much? That was the underlying question of the entire episode of Nashville
on Wednesday night (Feb. 6). And it is a good question. Now that Rayna and Juliette have called some kind of a truce, they
kicked off their tour in Chicago. And when Deacon made a comment about how grandiose Juliette’s part of the show was (“This
is some entourage you got”), she gets defensive and tells him it takes a lot of people to make a good show. “Really? Johnny
Cash only needed three,” Deacon quipped. Which made Juliette question pretty much everything. “Do you think I have too
many people in my band?” and “What if my brand just isn’t so perfect anymore?” and “What if I decide to walk away from being
that girl and nobody comes with me?”
Juliette tells her manager she feels like she’s in a straightjacket and that
there is nothing artistic about wind machines and smoke. Ultimately, Juliette takes the arena stage in a button-down and jeans
and does an acoustic song because, as she explains, “I just don’t know that I only wanna be this girl who dances around in
sparkly dresses with smoke billowing around her.” Her fans love it, even though the self-righteous tweeting Chicago Tribune
music critic does not.
Oh, and Brad Paisley‘s wife — well,
the character Kimberly Williams-Paisley plays on the TV series — slept with Rayna’s husband. And Rayna and Deacon made out.