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Nov 9

Nashville’s Charles Esten to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut November 10

Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Connie Britton.

The cast of ABC’s Nashville, (l-r): Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten and Connie Britton. Photo courtesy of

Actor Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s Nashville, will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday, November 10 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Original Nashville songs performed by or featuring Charles have been released on iTunes by ABC Studios and Big Machine Records, including “Undermine” featuring Hayden Panettiere, “Back Home” and “No One Will Ever Love You” with Connie Britton.

Other artists scheduled for performances on the Opry at the Ryman shows this weekend include Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, Bobby Bare, Kelleigh Bannen, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ricky Skaggs and more. On Tuesday, November  13, Little Big Town will take the stage with Diamond Rio, Billy Dean and others.

Charles is not a newcomer on the music scene. While attending the College of William and Mary he was the lead singer/songwriter for a popular band, N’est Pas.  He made his theatrical debut in London where he portrayed Buddy Holly in the musical Buddy. While in London he appeared on the original British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway and when it went to ABC he became a recurring cast member.

Charles’ additional acting credits include recurring roles on Big Love, Enlightened, The Office and ER. He’s also had roles on Disney Channel’s Jessie, Star Trek: The Next Generation and more. His film credits include Swing Vote, Thirteen Days, 61 and The Postman. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit


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