10:56 PM EDT 06/08/2016
Originally posted 06/08/2016 08:00PM
This is softball, country-music style: Cassadee Pope swinging at six pitches before hitting a foul ball and running safely to first base. Her teammate, Nashville's Charles Esten, emerging from the dugout to throw, not balls, but free T-shirts to fans in the stands. Mickey Guyton rounding the bases while clutching her little so-ugly-he’s-cute mutt, Charlie. And – oh yes – the game lasted four innings and the final score was a tie, 18-18.
A Dance to Remember! Nashville's Lennon Stella Goes to Prom with the Son of Her TV Dad Charles Esten
Originally posted 04/24/2016 09:20AM
When prom season rolls around, it sure helps when your dad plays the TV father of a gorgeous up-and-coming county singer.
Originally posted 11/11/2015 12:05PM
Nashville star Charles Esten, who plays country crooner Deacon Claybourne on the ABC show, pulled off the ultimate surprise party for his wife Patty Hanson back in March. Just how did he do it? By pretending they were attending another obligatory celebrity event.
"She was completely overcome. She had no idea," Esten told PEOPLE at the Second Harvest Fashion Show in Nashville. "I made her think we were coming to something like this … she drives in here and we pull right up to the front door and instead of everybody [on a red carpet], they said 'Surprise!' and it was her party."
Originally posted 10/23/2015 11:00AM
Kelsea Ballerini is a rising star in country music – she made history when her debut "Love Me Like You Mean It" topped the charts in June and she's nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards on Nov. 4. She's also a bit of a super fan.
Nashville Finale Sneak Peek: Deacon Pops the Question to Rayna Moments Before Going into Surgery (VIDEO)
Originally posted 05/12/2015 03:25PM
In an exclusive sneak peek at this season's finale episode of Nashville, cancer-stricken Deacon (Charles Esten) is panicking about dying right before heading into a liver transplant surgery – thanks to a donation from his sister Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) – that could potentially save his life.
Originally posted 05/06/2015 05:55PM
Calling all Nashville fans! PEOPLE sat down with Charles Esten, who plays the charming rebel Deacon Claybourne at the Nashville Live show at New York City's Beacon Theatre and discovered (not surprisingly) that he doesn't save his charm for the small screen – he makes us swoon in real life too!
Originally posted 05/06/2015 09:20AM
Now that Deacon's battle with cancer is no longer a secret, nobody is taking the diagnosis harder than Rayna.
Originally posted 04/08/2015 04:30PM
Except for his musical chops, Nashville star Chip Esten has little in common with his tortured, alcoholic singer-songwriter alter ego Deacon Claybourne. But one thing they share is a singular devotion to the women in their life, the actor tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/30/2015 01:00PM
If you thought things couldn't get any worse for Nashville's Deacon, think again.
Originally posted 03/04/2015 10:00AM
Sure, Nashville's a show that isn't afraid of a little soapy drama (and it's one of the reasons we love it!). But underneath all that Hollywood-crafted heartbreak and twangst, there's a fundamental respect for the Music City credo that "three chords and the truth will set you free."
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