January 9th, 2013
Sam Palladio wouldn’t call himself a singer if you asked…at least not yet. But I think that the success of his amazing duets (and solos) on Nashville would beg to differ. Palladio plays Gunnar, a struggling singer/songwriter with big dreams. Gunnar works with Scarlett (played by the talented Clare Bowen), and their relationship has gone recently from friends and writing partners to possibly something more. But are either of them ready to commit to each other? Palladio hopes that their relationship will be a slow burn, like Ross and Rachel on Friends. And I share in that hope. Nashville has quickly become one of my favorite new shows, and I’m constantly encouraging people to watch it, even if they aren’t a fan of country music. That’s not what the show is about. It’s about a musical world that few have ever tried to accurately portray. But Nashville succeeds at that, while adding soapy drama that we all love. And the music is phenomenal. When I caught up with Palladio, he was calling from Nashville, saying it was a great day to have a cup of coffee and a chat. I (somewhat shamefully) admitted to him I have a special Scarlett and Gunnar playlist and he was eager to talk about the show and all it has meant to him. But he’s a busy guy (or chap as they might say in his hometown of England). He’s working with a new band, kind of a Civil Wars type folk band, and in September, he has a movie “Runner, Runner” coming out with Justin Timberlake. But I had to ask him about what’s coming up for Gunnar (and Scarlett of course), what songs he hopes to sing on the show and if the accent has been hard to master.