Fans of Nashville can agree on one thing: Music is often times the real star of the show. We love us a good love triangle and family bickering now and then, but the performances peppered throughout each episode keep us coming back for more of this soapy drama.

So are the songs on Nashville original?

Most of the tunes you hear are indeed one-of-a-kinds, but a few are previously recorded gems reinterpreted by the cast for the show.

Famed musician and record producer T-Bone Burnett calls the shots on Nashville’s music choices, and he’s done a fantastic job hiring songwriters and acquiring the rights to some of the show’s breakout hits.

If I Didn’t Know Better,” the pilot episode’s striking duet between Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio), was originally recorded by Nashville-based duo The Civil Wars in 2009. John Paul White of The Civil Wars also co-wrote No One Will Ever Love You,” the heartbreaking duet sung by Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) in Episode 2, which was recorded by the Connie and Charles for the Nashville soundtrack.

Undermine,” which is featured in Episode 2 as an original composition by Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) and Deacon, was written for the show by former Nashville Star contestant Kacey Musgraves and songwriter Trent Dabbs. Juliette’s other hit song from the same episode, the rollicking “Telescope,” was written by country singer-songwriter Hillary Lindsey (who’s helped penned hits for Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift) and guitarist Cary Barlowe.

Even songs sung by Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and his band are originals commissioned for the show. Legendary rocker Elvis Costello wrote “Twist of Barbwire” exclusively for Nashville, which Avery sings in Episode 2. “Kiss,” a song he performs at The 5 Spot in Episode 6, was composed by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sean McConnell.

Original or not, the songs featured on Nashville certainly make up one heck of a soundtrack!

Sources: ABCVH1

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