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Country music’s best moments on screen

We love a good country music performance, whether it’s in a small dive bar or giant arena or performed by some of our favorite actors in TV and movies — some of whom have even won an Oscar for their portrayal of legendary country stars. Read on for some of our all-time favorites, from classic movies to heart-wrenching TV shows.


monarch – “Half of my hometown”


Trace Adkins plays the title role monarch As the patriarch of the Roman family, Albi Roman. He and his wife, Dottie, played by Susan Sarandon, head the multigenerational country music dynasty. But when the family’s legacy threatens to falter after news of Dottie’s precarious health, Roman’s eldest daughter Nikki takes it upon herself to continue her reign in the country music scene.


In this teaser video, Albee Roman and up-and-coming artist Anna Phoenix (Emma Melanie) duet to Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney’s “Half Of My Hometown” as Anna’s mother, Kat, looks on proudly.


strong country (2010) – “A strong country”


Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Kelly Canter, summons all her strength (after battling alcoholism and personal demons throughout the film) for her powerful performance on the film’s titular track, “Country Strong.”


walk the line (2005) – “It Ain’t Me, Babe”


Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix both performed in 2005 walk the lineThis musical moment highlights the rich connection of their characters through the song. Witherspoon won an Academy Award for her portrayal of John Carter, the real-life muse of Johnny Cash (performed by Phoenix) — and their chemistry has never been more evident than when they duet on “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”


I saw the light (2015) – “Move It On Over”


Tom Hiddleston impersonates Hank Williams in the 2015 movie I saw the light. But the actor’s rhythm and playfulness are especially evident in this clip in which he sings “Move It On Over” in a recording studio.


Nashville (1975) – “It’s Easy”


“It’s Easy” stands out as one of the most memorable scenes of the 1975 movie. Every woman in the group sways like Keith Cardin’s character, Tom, playing this slow tune on his guitar. But his target listener, Lenya (played by Lily Tomlin) can only stare as she sings from across the room.


Coal miner’s daughter (1980) – “There He Goes”


When Loretta Lynn receives an acoustic guitar as an anniversary gift, she has no idea that she will soon play herself to stardom. But with practice and perseverance, I eventually made it to the stage of a honky-tonk bar to perform “There He Goes”.


Sissy Spacek’s earnest portrayal of Lane won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.


A star is born (2018) – “Maybe it’s time”


Jackson Maine, Bradley Cooper’s character, also chanted the lyrics of “Maybe It’s Time” on stage A star is bornThe movie flashes through party scenes from his tour. The moody song’s soundtrack is a montage of romantic sparks flying between the country star and his new co-star Ally (Lady Gaga).


Nashville (TV series) – “Nothing in this world breaks my heart again”


In the season 1 finale of NashvilleHayden Panettiere’s character, Juliet, performs Nothing in This World Will Break My Heart Again at Bluebird Café. Before the emotional song began, she headed to the microphone to honor her late mother.


“Her biggest dream was to see me sing in Bluebird,” says Juliet, as the audience looks on at her co-stars Rena (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten). “So I hope you’re here tonight Mama, and this is for you.”


Nashville (TV series) – “This Time”


Connie Britton and Charles Esten made an unforgettable sounding moment with country duo Rayna and Deacon on this episode of Nashville. The characters’ chemistry is palpable as they share harmony and meaningful looks throughout “This Time”.


crazy Heart (film) – ‘Flyin’ and Fallin’


Laundered, alcoholic ex-country star Otis “Bad” Blake of Jeff Bridges is facing a career revival after falling in love with a reporter, who encourages him to get his life back on track and reunite with his former student, Tommy Sweet, Colin Farrell, as his opening act . The movie theme “The Weary Kind” is perhaps the most famous, but it’s fun to watch Bridges and Farrell together in a country music setting.


Hey brother, where are you? (film) – “The Man of Perpetual Grief”


Three escapees from a prison chain gang (led by George Clooney) set out in search of treasure (among other things) and meet adventures along the way. In this scene, they record a song called Soggy Bottom Boys to earn some money for their ride; It becomes a massive radio hit and significantly affects their fortunes later. The song (performed by Dan Teminsky with Harley Allen and Pat Enright) ended up being a radio single in 2001 as well, reaching 35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.


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