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First UK tour by country music favourites
Hit American television series Nashville is going on the road, with four of its stars touring the UK for a series of gigs, including a show at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on June 14, 2016.

Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio will be on stage performing songs from the TV show as well as original material.

Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city's music scene, following country music performers Rayna Jaymes (played by Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals.

Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Among those are Scarlett O'Connor (played by Clare Bowen), Will Lexington (Chris Carmack), Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) and Gunnar Scott (Sam Palladio).

Nashville, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Aussie rules: Clare Bowen

Before joining Nashville in 2012 Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen appeared in Aussie film The Combination and guest starred in The Cut, Gangs of Oz, Chandon Pictures and Home and Away. In addition to acting she performs solo and with The Zac Brown Band.

Nashville, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Model actor: Chris Carmack

Former model Chris Carmack starred in teen drama The OC and appeared on the London stage before joining Nashville for the final six episodes of the first series. His character proved so popular he become one of the lead roles for subsequent seasons.

Nashville, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Next line: Charles Esten

Charles Esten is an actor, comedian and singer who has regularly appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway? as well as a number of US TV shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist and The Office. His work on Nashville involves him starring as Deacon Claybourne and contributing to the soundtrack as writer and singer.

Nashville, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Brit abroad: Sam Palladio

English actor and singer Sam Palladio's TV CV includes Episodes, Little Crackers, Doctors, The Hour and Cardinal Burns. He fronted a band called Salt Water Thief and has had several US hits with singles from the Nashville soundtrack albums, mainly duets with Clare Bowen.

Nashville airs in more than 70 countries. Since its debut the show has inspired seven Music of Nashville soundtracks as well as a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million copies and millions more single tracks.

"The Nashville cast is comprised of individuals who excel as actors, musicians, songwriters, and performers," says Steve Buchanan, President of tour producers Opry Entertainment.

"Since the first night the series went on the air, the cast members have also become incredible ambassadors for our Tennessee home, connecting with viewers around the world via television. Everyone is thrilled about the opportunity to be face to face with our fans throughout the UK during these intimate, exciting performances celebrating the best of Nashville."

Nashville UK 2016 tour dates:

June 13: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester;
June 14: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
June 16: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow;
June 17: Colston Hall, Bristol;
June 18: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London.

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Why? Stars from hit TV show Nashville tour the UK
When: June 14, 2016
Phone: 0121 345 0600 (Symphony Hall)
Where: Birmingham Symphony Hall, then touring
Cost: From 27.50 plus fees
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