"Nashville's" singers, songwriters and superstars struggle to reconcile their public and private realities. Some will fight to climb to—or stay on—the top. Some will succumb to their own ambition. And all will learn how to survive in the wake of loss—proving that music may be at the heart of Music City, but drama always reigns.
Rayna is upset when her record label asks her to tour as the opening act for a popular newcomer; Rayna's father, Lamar, disregards her wishes when he backs her husband in a run for mayor of Nashville.
As Teddy's campaign progresses, Rayna must endure an investigation that reveals family secrets; Juliette sees Deacon perform with Rayna; Scarlett is torn between her dream and her commitment to Avery.
Rayna learns her family is facing financial ruin, Juliette asks Deacon to write and tour with her exclusively, and Juliette's mother re-enters her life.
The arrival of a woman from Teddy's past tests his marriage, Rayna and Deacon perform at Teddy's fundraiser, Juliette appears on "Good Morning America," and Gunnar connects with his publisher's assistant.
Rayna thinks about moving on when Deacon sets boundaries in their relationship, tension between Gunnar and Avery puts pressure on Scarlett, and as Juliette struggles with her mother's addictions, Deacon is reminded of difficult moments in his past.
Rayna seeks the help of a music producer to change her sound, Juliette goes on a date with an NFL player in an attempt to repair her image, and Lamar's plan to delay Coleman's arrival at a photo op works too well.
When Rayna suggests bringing her girls on tour, she learns Lamar is willing to blackmail her; Juliette and Sean's elopement surprises everyone; Deacon reconnects with an ex; Avery follows a music producer's advice.
Rayna and Juliette prepare for their first concert together in San Diego; Rayna has an interesting proposal for Liam; Gunnar and Scarlett go on a road trip.
To celebrate the success of `"Wrong Song,'' Edgehill records throws a lavish party; things get awkward for Juliette, who brings her mother to the party; Teddy asks Rayna about her relationship with Liam.
As Rayna settles into the tour, she learns that Deacon has joined Juliette's band; Juliette wants to make a change but her team disagrees; Scarlett receives an offer from Gunnar.
Rayna is comforted by an old friend after telling Maddie and Daphne about her plans to divorce; Juliette reinvents herself; Avery considers an attractive offer.
Juliette plans a surprise birthday party for Deacon, as Teddy and Rayna's divorce moves forward, speculation about Rayna's fidelity ramps up, and Scarlett is charmed by Gunnar's brother.
Rayna tries to set the record straight about her failed marriage during an appearance on Katie Couric's talk show, Maddie tells a lie that leads to dangerous consequences, and Deacon is drawn to a pretty veterinarian.
A personal crisis in Nashville causes Rayna to leave the tour in New York City before her sold-out concert with Juliette, but for Juliette, the show must go on. Avery becomes a roadie for Juliette, and secrets involving the men in Rayna's life see the light of day.
Marshall Evans continues to pressure Rayna and Juliette to collaborate at an event at the Ryman Auditorium, Teddy is forced to reveal the truth to Rayna when Peggy's desperation hits its peak, and in an effort to move past her failed relationship to Avery, Scarlett finds herself closer to Gunnar.
Rayna reconsiders things after hearing Teddy's side of the story; Juliette finds an unexpected sense of belonging with Sean's family; Gunnar confesses his feelings; Deacon and Avery are each offered opportunities.
When Liam asks Rayna to run away with him and finish her album, Deacon has an unexpected reaction; Jolene questions Dante's loyalty; Teddy confronts Peggy about the leaks.
Rayna and Juliette are both nominated for CMA Awards and Edgehill Records hosts a party in their honor. Meanwhile Teddy worries about his relationship with Maddie, Juliette copes with new challenges, and Scarlett is concerned about Gunnar as tension grows between him and Will.
Juliette finds a letter from her mother; Deacon confronts Rayna about a secret; Brad Paisley performs with Rayna and Deacon; Gunnar tries to win Scarlett's heart back.
Lamar turns out to be an unexpected ally for Rayna; Jolene tries to help when she sees Juliette struggling; Will and Avery each get a shot to shine with bigger stars.