Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) is the established "Queen of Country" music, but her latest album is not selling and her tour is playing to half-empty venues. The record label suggests that she open for sexy new starlet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). The two women clash over their guitarist Deacon Clayboume, Rayna's bandmate and former lover. Juliette sees Rayna as washed up and Rayna dislikes Juliet's brand of 'Bubblegum Country'. Rayna's life is further complicated when her estranged father, millionaire businessman Lamar Wyatt convinces her husband, Teddy Conrad to run for Mayor of the city of Nashville.