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Exclusive Interview: Charles Esten Talks Outer Banks, Nashville Roles

Since being grounded by the pandemic, one of the ways he’s spent his downtime is by performing quarantine live streams every Saturday with his band, singing, and talking with fans. This weekend will mark the 31st Saturday in a row of the stream.

“We never would have thought it would go on this long, but we’re having a blast doing them,” he says.

By Keith Loria, SOAP HUB

Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley & More Perform For Virtual ‘Veterans Day’ Concert For VA Hospitals

Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Terri Clark, Leon Bridges, Chris Janson, and Charles Esten are among the many artists who have recorded songs and personal messages to thank those who’ve served in a special Veterans Day virtual concert. Organized by Musicians On Call and Wrangler, the concert will be streamed to patients in 144 VA hospitals across America. 

Pam Windsor, FORBES

2020 CMA Awards: Everything to Know About the Performance-Packed Show

A slew of stars are set to present awards Wednesday night.

Thomas Rhett's wife and Live in Love author Lauren Akins, radio personality Bobby Bones, singer-songwriter Charles Esten, model Taylor Hill, actor Patrick Schwarzenegger and gospel singer CeCe Winans are set to present awards.

Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE

Jillian Cardarelli and Charles Esten Come Together to Create One of 2020’s Most Powerful Songs

In the context of a year that has brought an onslaught of pain and challenges, “Strong” is a song of strength and resilience, a song of honesty and vulnerability, a song that will serve as a salve to any hurting soul brave enough to let it sink in.

By Tricia Despres for AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Government Mandate Forces Postponement of C2C Festival In Dublin

by Lauren Jo Black, CountryNow.com

The Dublin, Ireland portion of the  C2C: Country to Country Music Festival has been postponed after Irish officials cancelled all indoor public events hosting 100 or more people due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The new mandate, which runs through March 29, allows outdoor events to proceed only if the capacity is under 500.

Nashville hunk Charles Esten stuck to his work by donning kilt at sell-out Scots gig

by Matt Bendoris, ScottishSun.co.uk

NASHVILLE hunk Charles Esten had to Stand By His Bet when he promised his Scots fans he would wear a kilt if he sold out his last gig here.

The country music star, who played troubled singer Deacon Claybourne in the hit TV series, posted an online wager that he would don our national dress if followers bought all the tickets for his show at Glasgow’s famous Barrowland venue.

Concertverslag: C2C: Country to Country 2020 | Dag 1

by Gera Laurens, NewCountry.nl

...Charles pays tribute to..."Only You" by the British Yazoo, revealing a nice raw edge in his warm voice. He receives thunderous applause for the cover, only to let it go silent in the room. When he announces his next song with a chat and drops it as one of his favorite songs from the Nashville series, the audience expects "A life that's good" or "Sanctuary". It turns out to be the last one, which supported a very emotional moment on television. You can hear a pin drop....

C2C FESTIVAL Q&A: CHARLES ESTEN EDITION

by Lauren Laffer, SoundsLikeNashville.com

Four seems to be the magic number for Nashville star Charles Esten, as he is set to play the C2C: Country to Country Festival for the first time in four years, and he will be making stops in four different cities: Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Though it has been a while since playing C2C, Esten is no stranger to Europe thanks to his frequent tours across the continent. Sounds Like Nashville caught up with the singer and actor to find out about his return to the C2C Festival, the differences between performing in the U.S. & overseas and new music in the works.

C2C: Country to Country 2020 Main Stage Spotlight: Charles Esten

Charles Esten is best-known in the UK for his role as Deacon Claybourne in the long-running music drama Nashville, which came to an end in 2018.

During his time on the show, Charles recorded a lot of music for his character and plenty of music for himself. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records for his Every Single Friday releases that spanned a total of 54 weeks.

Country Music Week 2019: Charles Esten, Royal Albert Hall, London live review

There’s a very good chance that when Charles Esten signed up to be one of the leads on Country Music drama Nashville, he had no idea how much it was going to change his life. Already an established actor and comedian, Esten acquired an army of fans for his portrayal of Deacon Claybourne on the show. Even the show had a rocky road during its early seasons, it ran for six seasons and gave Esten and other key members of the cast an opportunity to tour across the world to play the songs from the show live for fans.

Charles Esten: 'I was more afraid of me than of anyone else'

By Daphne Bugler 25 October 2019

Every week, we ask one band or artist a set of quick-fire questions that all start with ‘the first’, from their first shows and paycheques to the first time they fell in love. Up this week, is legendary country musician, actor and comedian Charles Esten, who talks being starstruck, his favourite musicians, falling in love with his wife in college, his time on the hit TV series Nashville, why he never gets drunk on wine and that time he won big on a game show

Charles Esten teases upcoming headline UK tour, new music and a Christmas record in the future

Charles Esten is best-known across the world for playing Deacon Claybourne in the hit musical drama Nashville.

After the show came to an end in 2018, Esten threw himself into continuing his journey recording music and performing live. He was in the UK for a solo tour in January, which went down a storm, and he’s back in October for a headline tour with a full band, including a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of Country Music Week.