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Rayna and Luke mesh their lives a little more, when Rayna and her girls meet Luke's son Colt. Deacon and Teddy smash horns again over Maddie's defiance of the rules. Deacon walks into a conversation he wasn't meant to hear. Juilette's jealousy over Scarlet continues to fester and Gunner tries to knock some sense into Will, before he says vows to lock himself in the closet he's been hiding in since the beginning.moreless
Juliette is the main act at Teddy’s first annual Music City Festival, but the blowback by the fans and press over the Wentworths throws her for a loop and drags down the event. Rayna is determined to buy herself out of her Edgehill contract once and for all, even though Tandy and Luke counsel otherwise. Deacon and Gunnar find themselves marginalized at the Festival and team up to to put on an unauthorized show, and Scarlett is freezing out Zoey and Gunnar but drawing closer to Avery.moreless
Deacon awaits his pending jail sentence as Rayna is in a coma.
Longtime country superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) finds her career starting to waver and in an attempt to help her reclaim some of her former glory, her label suggests she team up with rising star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on tour, much to her disapproval. Meanwhile, Rayna's husband Teddy (Eric Close) has aspirations of his own to come out of her shadow by running for mayor, encouraged through the manipulations and strategizing of her father Lamar (Powers Boothe).moreless
Edgehill's new chief is determined to put the label back on top.
Deacon decides to set some boundaries in his relationship with Rayna, which makes her start to think the time has come to move on. Also, some parts of Deacon's past come back into the forefront of his mind, Juliette continues to struggle with her mother's addictions, and Scarlet is put in the middle of the growing tension between Gunner and Avery.moreless
As Juliette's tour rolls into Houston she has made the decision that she no longer wants to butter up to a powerful DJ to get airplay and good reviews like in the past. This results into critics leaving her show before her set and bad reviews. Teddy and Peggy's wedding day approaches and Maddie is less than thrilled because she feels that her father will forget her once he marries Peggy. Rayna gets closer to Luke Wheeler, Deacon gets the courage to sing in front of people without playing his guitar and Juliette gets a surprise visitor.moreless
Deacon confronts Rayna about putting too much pressure on Scarlett as she joins the tour. Rayna has a date with Luke. Juliette makes a decision regarding Charlie. Jeff wants control of the album that Rayna produced with Liam, but she doesn't want to let it go. Gunnar gets song-writing advice from Scarlett when he fails to produce something for a major artist. Rayna gets an idea that could change Gunnar's life forever.moreless
A woman from Teddy's past returns, which tests his and Rayna's marriage. Also, Rayna performs with Deacon at Teddy's fundraiser. Meanwhile, Juliette makes an appearance on Good Morning America, and Gunner makes a connection with his publisher's assistant.
Rayna seeks out the help of a music producer to look at making changes to her sound, while Juliette looks to repair her tarnished image by going on a date with an NFL player, and Lamar's plan to ruin a photo op for Coleman works all too well.
Rayna learns that her family is on the brink of financial ruin, while Juliette approaches Deacon with the proposal to both write and tour exclusively with her, and must always deal with her mother's re-entrance into her life.
As Teddy's campaign progresses, Rayna must face the revelation of some family secrets during an investigation. Meanwhile, Juliette sees Deacon continue to perform with Rayna, and Scarlett faces the task of choosing between following her dream and her commitment to her relationship with Avery.
Juliette feels overshadowed by Rayna's new acts. Elsewhere, Will presents a golden opportunity to Deacon; Teddy thinks Maddie is too focused on her music; Deacon becomes aware of Megan's odd behavior; and Will makes an enticing offer to Layla.