In the second-season opener, Deacon awaits sentencing while Rayna lies in a coma. Elsewhere, Teddy tries to come to terms with the news of Peggy's pregnancy; and Maddie, still reeling from the revelation about her true paternity, confides in Juliette.
Edgehill gets a new chief executive who's not interested in Juliette's goal to mature as an artist. Meanwhile, a rising reality-show star proves to be competition for Juliette; and Rayna mounts her comeback with Will and Scarlett attached to her label.
Juliette performs at a private party for a wealthy couple. Elsewhere, Rayna's divorce is finalized; Deacon worries that his past struggles with his father will influence his emerging relationship with Maddie; and Will and Scarlett get makeovers.
Rayna backs out of the remainder of her tour with Juliette. Meanwhile, Teddy asks Peggy to marry him, but he tries to delay breaking the news to his daughters; and Tandy unearths some unsettling info about her mom's death.
Scarlett dreads doing a benefit concert because Jeff orders his stars to flaunt their sex appeal, which is something she's uncomfortable doing. Meanwhile, Rayna wants to buy the rights to her music; and Gunnar and Avery work with Scarlett's pal Zoey.
Rayna does a candid interview with Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Teddy shares his engagement news with the press; Rayna looks for investors at a polo match; Juliette crosses paths with Charlie Wentworth; and Scarlett seeks advice from Avery.
Maddie seeks a connection with Deacon as Teddy's wedding day approaches. Meanwhile, Rayna and Luke bond as they discuss exes and children; Juliette enrages a prominent DJ, who retaliates by promoting Layla; and Will learns that Brent is dating a new man.
Scarlett embarks on her first tour with Luke. Meanwhile, Juliette makes up her mind regarding Charlie; Deacon criticizes Rayna for overburdening Scarlett; Gunnar seeks help from Scarlett when he struggles with a song; and Jeff starts a war with Rayna.
Maddie seeks bonding time with Deacon, which Teddy finds upsetting. Elsewhere, Lamar asks Rayna to secure Tandy's support; Juliette worries that she's paying the price for Layla's success; and Zoey and Avery try to cheer up Scarlett while she's on tour.
Juliette headlines Teddy's music festival, but she's shocked by the bad press she receives and searches for the gossip leak. Meanwhile, Rayna considers a risky financial move; Deacon and Gunnar host an auxiliary show; and Scarlett reconnects with Avery.
A mystery emerges in the wake of someone's death. Meanwhile, Gunnar and Scarlett receive a remarkable offer from Kelly Clarkson; Juliette's public image continues to decline; and Maddie and Daphne help Deacon get over a case of writer's block.
Scarlett's career soars as she duets with Zac Brown, but the stress of fame takes its toll on her. Elsewhere, Deacon assists Rayna with writing a song; Juliette's declining popularity on tour angers Jeff; and Zoey feels ignored by Gunnar.
Jeff expects an apology from Juliette, but he doesn't get one. Elsewhere, Luke has connections and surprises for Rayna; Will and Layla find common ground; and a determined Teddy wants to expose Lamar's role in Peggy's demise.
Lamar returns from prison and Rayna welcomes him home, while Tandy is distant. Elsewhere, Juliette hides from the press by staying with Avery, but she doesn't enjoy being alone when Avery has to work for Deacon; and Scarlett turns to pills to energize.
A successful producer likes Juliette's new song and invites her to Los Angeles to record for him. Elsewhere, Rayna puts her emotions aside and adopts a take-charge attitude; and a lonely Scarlett opens up to Liam.
Pop labels compete to sign Juliette. Meanwhile, Rayna and Avery both struggle with finances; Deacon deals with temptation when he encounters an old friend at an AA meeting; and Scarlett grows more entangled with Liam.
Juliette feels overshadowed by Rayna's new acts. Elsewhere, Will presents a golden opportunity to Deacon; Teddy thinks Maddie is too focused on her music; Deacon becomes aware of Megan's odd behavior; and Will makes an enticing offer to Layla.
Rayna's and Luke's kids meet during Luke's tour. Meanwhile, Juliette dislikes Avery's bond with Scarlett, so she takes her anger out on Scarlett; Gunnar opposes Will and Layla's plan; and Teddy refuses to allow Maddie to attend Deacon's concert.
Maddie's news goes viral and the media jump on it, so Rayna attempts to minimize any damage by doing an interview on "Good Morning America." Elsewhere, Juliette's dismal tour sales have her turning to Charlie for a favor; and Scarlett's mom visits her.
Juliette seeks comfort from Avery after she's blamed for Scarlett's breakdown, but he's too busy helping Scarlett, so Juliette turns to her nemesis. Elsewhere, Layla makes plans to star in a reality show, and she wants Will to costar with her.
Rayna hosts a charity concert at a military base after she learns Luke was injured in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Deacon and Maddie grow closer; Teddy thinks he's losing his family; and Jeff upsets Juliette by threatening to tell Avery the truth.
In the second-season finale, Teddy helps Rayna plan a free concert to spotlight her Highway 65 debut. Meanwhile, Deacon's pals perform at a benefit concert for his favorite charity; and Juliette goes missing when Avery prepares to serenade her.