There’s a lot of business in “If I Could Do It All Again,” and by business I mean actual business. Crazy, I know. It seems as though everyone in Nashville is gearing up for some sort of business venture. Luke is correcting his tour mistakes, Scarlett and Gunnar are prepping for their album release, Layla is in the studio and getting ready for a PR tour, and Deacon is working to make the Beverly the place to be in Nashville. Of course, all these business moves don’t go down exactly as planned.
First up, Deacon thinks he’s got a great plan to really put the Beverly on the map. Now that he knows Riff is going on tour with Luke, he thinks the old country legend might need a warmup show. So, he books him into the Beverly for one night, taking over Frankie’s spot. That doesn’t sit well with Frankie, especially because he’s still pissed off about Vita, but he’s accepting things for now. Or, Deacon isn’t giving him many options.
Meanwhile, Gunnar and Scarlett have a meeting at Highway 65 to listen to their album. Gunnar is stupidly nervous about it — and Will is charmingly comforting about the whole thing — but things go perfectly. The label loves the album. There is one thing that seems to be an issue, though: The label wants to use one of Scarlett’s songs as the single. Gunnar seems to be okay with it, but Scarlett is worried is doesn’t represent them as a duo.
Speaking of duos, Avery gets himself back into the dating game! And it’s complicated! And Layla might love him! Avery has a lot going on, is what I’m saying. But anyway, after an adorable meet-cute at the park with another single parent, Avery is invited over for dinner. It’s super cute, and Avery deserves good things, so I’m happy with this development.
Of course, Nashville couldn’t go long without dealing with this whole Vita situation. She shows up for her meeting with Rayna, and Rayna has no choice but to ask her about the money. Vita insists that she didn’t take the money, and that’s enough for both Rayna and Deacon. Then, Vita plays a stunning song and gets Rayna fully on her side.
Vita isn’t the only one auditioning in a sense, though. A label named Three Dollar Vinyl, whose artists are all gay, contacts Will. He takes the meeting, but he’s admittedly hesitant about the label. That hesitancy is given more fuel when it’s clear that the label manager hasn’t really heard his music but guarantees Will’s music will sell like crazy with their demographic. Still, Will can’t imagine pigeonholing himself like that, and when he runs into a barista who put out her own album independently, Will starts to think that might be the best route.
I have to say, though: WHAT MUSICIAN DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT INDEPENDENTLY RELEASING MUSIC IN THIS DAY AND AGE?
I’m glad I got that out. Okay, back to business.
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