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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 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.
Happy birthday, Randy Travis!
The country legend made a rare public appearance on Saturday to celebrate his 60th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry with his fans and famous friends.
Fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Schlitz and Nashville alum Charles Esten, Josh Turner as well as Charlie Worsham were also in attendance. via PEOPLE
Charles Esten got his first taste of fame outside an NFL locker room.
No, the actor known best as Deacon Claybourne on television drama “Nashville” didn’t lead a double life as strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did, however, get to see inside the Steel Curtain locker room as a kid, a perk of his dad’s longtime friendship with team members. via The Tennessean
from The Boot
He's right. While the TV show Nashville brought the character of Claybourne and, by default, Esten into the musical limelight, there are few artists with the talent and versatility that Esten has to sell out a venue and command it on their own seemingly effortlessly. This is his first solo tour of the UK and it's easy to see why it sold out in minutes.
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