Charles Esten arrived in Nashville six years ago as an accomplished actor whose first love was always music. After earning steady acting work for about two decades, Esten said he gradually started to let go of the dreams of performing music. But, as his full schedule at this year’s CMA Fest demonstrates, Esten has established himself as a legitimate musician and a Nashville independent music success story.
“We always appreciated each other, but I think once you’ve lost it and you got it back, and then you know it’s going away again, you just sort of live it out in a different way,” Esten tells Variety. “That was true this whole last season.”