Rayna's record label asks her to take a backseat role and open for rising star Juliette Barnes in the series premiere of this drama about a country-music legend fighting to stay in the spotlight while a young singer tries to usurp her.
Teddy's run for office requires a background check, which exposes shocking family secrets. Meanwhile, Coleman discovers that Lamar is ready to battle him; Juliette makes a keen observation about Deacon; and Scarlett feels torn between Gunnar and Avery.
Rayna focuses on her family and discovers the depth of the financial problems she and Teddy face. Elsewhere, Juliette's mom comes back into her life; Juliette tempts Deacon with a contract offer; and Scarlett and Gunnar's shot at stardom is jeopardized.
Rayna's marriage faces a challenge when a woman from Teddy's past surfaces. Meanwhile, Juliette works on improving her public persona; Gunnar bonds with his publisher's assistant; and Teddy decides to run an ethical campaign.
Deacon wants to draw lines in his relationship with Rayna. Meanwhile, Teddy fears his problems will be exposed and hurt his campaign; Deacon tries to assist Juliette as she deals with Jolene's substance-abuse issues; and the discord between Gunnar and Avery grows.
Rayna wants her music to have a fresh sound, so she contacts a producer with a solid track record. Meanwhile, Juliette tries to get good publicity by dating an NFL player with a pristine reputation; Lamar carries out a scheme to hinder Coleman; and Scarlett and Avery's romance hits a rough patch.
Rayna examines her priorities after listening to Teddy explain his situation with Peggy. Elsewhere, Juliette enjoys the bond she's forming with Sean's family; Gunnar makes a confession to Scarlett; and Avery and Deacon get terrific career opportunities.
Lamar brings up some deeply buried family secrets when Rayna considers taking her daughters on tour. Meanwhile, Juliette and Sean get mixed reactions regarding their elopement; Deacon reunites with a former love; and Avery distances himself from Scarlett and the band.
Rayna and Juliette prepare to share billing in a concert in San Diego. Meanwhile, Rayna struggles to perform without Deacon; Juliette uses the press to communicate with Sean; Gunnar and Scarlett embark on a road trip to Texas; and Avery plans to sign with Dominic.
Rayna and Juliette's duet becomes a hit, but certain guests make their celebration party awkward. Meanwhile, Teddy reveals his suspicions about Rayna and Liam; Gunnar must handle problems concerning his family; and Avery lets fame go to his head.
Rayna discovers Deacon has joined Juliette's band; Juliette wants to blow up her bubble-gum, pop-star image and show the world what she's really all about, but her handlers don't cotton to the idea; finances are tight for Scarlett, until Gunnar steps up with a tempting offer.
Rayna's daughters learn about their parents' divorce plans, prompting Rayna to lean on an old pal. Meanwhile, Juliette works on creating a new image, despite her management's objections; and Scarlett and Gunnar get a chance to sign with Rayna's label.
Juliette throws a surprise party for Deacon, complete with an A-list roster of guests. Meanwhile, Rayna and Teddy's divorce becomes fodder for the tabloids; Teddy welcomes Peggy into his inner circle; and Gunnar's talented brother enthralls Scarlett.
Rayna appears on Katie Couric's talk show to discuss her failed marriage. Meanwhile, Juliette makes a power move regarding her album and it backfires; Maddie finds herself in a dangerous situation; and Deacon becomes enamored with his dog's veterinarian.
Rayna's daughters join her on tour, but she fears Juliette is a bad influence on them. Meanwhile, Dante gives career advice to Juliette; Deacon reevaluates living on the road; Peggy receives a threat from Lamar; and Avery puts his future at risk.
Rayna leaves the tour to tend to a personal crisis. Meanwhile, Juliette continues with the tour and grows closer to Dante; Deacon has some harsh words for Juliette; Gunnar celebrates Scarlett's success; and Avery becomes one of Juliette's roadies.
Liam offers Rayna a chance to escape and finish her album. Meanwhile, Jolene suspects that Dante is being unfaithful; Teddy confronts Peggy about the leaked info; Tandy wants to team up with Coleman; and Gunnar experiments with some new music.
Both Rayna and Juliette score CMA award nominations, so Edgehill Records throws a party for them. Meanwhile, Teddy grows concerned about his relationship with Maddie; Juliette faces new obstacles; and tension mounts between Gunnar and Will.
Lamar takes Rayna's side against Teddy concerning the girls. Elsewhere, Jolene attempts to help Juliette; Avery and Will get opportunities that may boost their careers; and Tandy proposes her own ideas to the Wyatt Industries board.
In the Season 1 finale, Rayna performs at the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, but the night may not end well when Deacon confronts her about a buried secret. Meanwhile, Juliette finds a revealing letter from her mom; and Gunnar tries to win back Scarlett.