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Nashville (tv program)

ABC's 'Nashville' stars sing, and it's not just for show

ABC's 'Nashville' stars sing, and it's not just for show

Life is starting to imitate art for the cast of "Nashville," ABC's prime-time soap about a group of drama-prone country music stars.

On the show, which wraps its third season Wednesday night at 10, Charles Esten plays Deacon Claybourne, a ruggedly handsome Music City veteran involved in a complicated relationship with the town's reigning diva, Rayna Jaymes (played by Connie Britton). Viewers are accustomed to watching Claybourne perform in the musical numbers that pepper each episode.

But on Saturday night the man with the 5 o'clock shadow wasn't singing on screen — he was doing it on the stage of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. What's more, he...