Avery feels overwhelmed by Juliette's success; money trouble makes it difficult for Rayna to sign new artists; Deacon runs into an old friend at an AA meeting; Scarlett gets more wrapped up with Liam.
Juliette’s new song, “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet,” catches the ear of a high-powered, hit-making producer, Howie V (Michael Chernus, “Orange is the New Black”). He wants to make her a superstar and brings her to Los Angeles to record, but marginalizes Glenn in the process. Meanwhile, Rayna takes charge with stoicism in the aftermath of recent events, and Scarlett feels lost and alone but finds Liam to be a receptive confidante.
While Rayna welcomes Lamar home from prison, Tandy remains aloof; Juliette avoids backlash as she hides out at Avery's; Scarlett is fueled by pills and creativity.
Juliette decides not to apologize for her behavior during her Grand Ole Opry ceremony; Luke introduces Rayna to someone that could help with her distribution deal and surprises her with a NASCAR wrapped in Rayna Jaymes graphics.
Scarlett's career is on a hot streak as she performs with Zac Brown; Rayna asks Deacon for help writing a hit for her new album; Jeff is furious when concert venues keep dropping from Juliette's tour.
Death changes lives forever as a mystery arises; Scarlett and Gunnar receive an offer from Kelly Clarkson; a video adversely affects Juliette's reputation; Rayna is under intense pressure to succeed.
Fan blowback against Juliette bring down her performance and the Music City Festival; Rayna wants to buy herself out of the Edgehill contract; Deacon and Gunnar decide to put on an unauthorized show.
When Maddie wants to spend time with Deacon, Teddy starts to feel he's being replaced; Lamar asks Rayna to get Tandy to commit to being a character witness; Juliette worries about Layla's career stealing her spotlight.
Deacon confronts Rayna about putting too much pressure on Scarlett; Jeff battles Rayna for control of the album she made with Liam; Gunnar struggles as he attempts to write a song for a major artist.
Maddie feels lost as Teddy and Peggy's wedding day approaches; Juliette angers a lecherous but influential DJ; Deacon discovers an unexpected ally as he tries to find his way back to music.
Rayna sets the record straight during an interview with Robin Roberts; Juliette runs into Charlie Wentworth; Scarlett turns to Avery for advice on the changes to her life.
Scarlett struggles when Jeff Fordham wants his new artists to cultivate hot, sexy personas; Rayna wants to obtain the rights to her music; Avery and Gunnar decide to record songs with Scarlett's friend Zoey.
Rayna cancels the remainder of the tour; Teddy proposes to Peggy and tries to keep it a secret; Tandy discovers information about the death of Rayna's mother.
Rayna and Teddy embark on new paths as they divorce becomes final; Peggy plans to win Teddy back; Juliette takes a job playing at a billionaire couple's anniversary party; Deacon's past casts a shadow over his future with Maddie.
Edgehill's new chief, Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson), is determined to put the label back on top; a reality TV star threatens Juliette's career.
Deacon awaits his pending jail sentence as Rayna is in a coma; Teddy grapples with Peggy's pregnancy; feeling alone, Maddie turns to Juliette; Gunnar's proposal complicates his relationship with Scarlett.