While Nashville fans are sure to have their favorite moments from the hit drama, the cast have revealed some of their own fondest memories created on and off screen.

For Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) and Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), it’s collaborating with one of country music’s most revered institutions that’s been so rewarding. “I think being able to create a relationship with the Grand Ole Opry has been pretty special,” Palladio reveals. “It’s such an institution of country music, it’s the home and heart of the genre, so it’s an incredible thing when we get to jump up on stage there either in a fiction world or in real life.”

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Esten also cites performing at the Grand Ole Opry and the famous Bluebird Cafe in the pilot episode as some of his favorite memories, revealing that was his first time gracing the stage of either establishment. He also notes a memorable scene in the first episode when he and Rayna (Connie Britton) stroll across Nashville’s pedestrian bridge. And we walked on that bridge, Rayna and Deacon, and established a whole lot of history in a relatively short scene, so those are great memories," he reminisces.

Another onscreen moment that touches Esten’s heart was when he sang "A Life That's Good" at Fort Campbell for military families with his co-stars during Season 2. “To sing that song in front of those service men and women, and there were a lot of families there that were waiting for their loved one to return, was a very, very special moment," he says, calling the song “the heart of the show.”

"I'm just so blessed with the show and the moments that it's brought into my life and the people that it's brought into my life and that it's brought me to this town with my family."

Fans can continue to watch the memories unfold when Nashville airs every Thursday night at 9PM EST on CMT.

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