Deacon to bless Pittsburgh with presence
In the TV show “Nashville,” Charles Esten makes his home in Music City as popular character Deacon Claybourne, but in reality he is a native of Pittsburgh.
Esten, who spent his early years in Carnegie before his family moved to Alexandria, Va., also sings solo in real life, and he is coming to his hometown for a concert July 24 at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall.
Esten started his acting career in Los Angeles and later made his theater debut in London in the role of Buddy Holly in the West End musical “Buddy.” He performed in that show for Queen Elizabeth and for President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush at the White House and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
“Nashville,” which debuted in 2012, was canceled by ABC in May after its fourth season. CMT quickly picked up the nighttime soap for at least one more season, although no premiere date has been set. Because Deacon is now married to one of the series’ main characters, Rayna (Connie Britton), it’s expected Esten will stick around. Variety reported last month that Britton, Hayden Panettiere and most other members of the original cast are set to return.
Esten has performed the past three years in the “Nashville” in Concert Tour, and he sings on the show’s many popular soundtrack albums.
Last summer, Esten released his first independent single: “Hot Ones,” which is available on iTunes. He has said he looks forward to creating a lot more of his own music. Outside of his performing career, Esten serves as the honorary chair for the National Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is married and has two daughters and a son.
The concert, which includes local band The Stickers as the opening act, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $49.
— Kellie B. Gormly