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Charles Esten's Favorite Street

Nashville, Andrea Behrends

Photo by Andrea Behrends

Charles Esten.        

When Charles Esten moved to Nashville to play Deacon Claybourne on the TV show Nashville, he liked it so much that he put down permanent roots. His favorite street tells the story of his Music City journey. “It starts where I first lived on Fifth Avenue in Germantown and it goes over to the place where country music started [Ryman Auditorium],” he says. When we last saw Claybourne, he had reunited with his soul mate, Rayna Jaymes, and was undergoing a life-threatening liver transplant; fans will find out what happens when season four kicks off on September 23. Esten has parlayed his singing prowess into an offscreen musical career. He just released his first single, “Hot One,” and is touring this fall. “I want to be doing music in one form or another for a long time,” he says. —MATT McCUE

First Tennessee Park
The city’s new minor league ballpark is home to the Nashville Sounds. “I was very fortunate to get to help open that park by singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ at the first game.”

Ryman Auditorium
The venue recently underwent a $14 million expansion that added a multimedia history tour and café. “This is the ‘mother church of country music.’ It’s better than ever.”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Current exhibits are dedicated to Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood and the contributions Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash made to Nashville’s musical fabric.

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crêpes
“I never drank coffee until I started playing Deacon, and I started drinking it because he does. Not only is the coffee great here, but they have crêpes that can make a meal.”

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