Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Sam Palladio on Gunnar & Scarlett's greatest 'Nashville' hits

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“Loving You is the Only Way to Fly,” written by Jedd Hughes, Sarah Buxton, and Rodney Crowell: In the original demo, there’s the backing vocals, but it was such a stroke of genius by T-Bone and Buddy to throw Avery’s line ["loving you is the only way"] in there. That was a fresh line that was written for the purpose of giving the scene that great little comedic moment. [Laughs] As Scarlett’s singing, “Loving you is the only way to fly” to Gunnar, it’s Avery’s jealousy just boiling over. We played it as if it really was completely unexpected, so Gunnar slowly turns to Avery like what the hell? All it takes is that little glance back to show the audience that that’s not supposed to happen. As we’re in the full swing of shooting now, scripts can be a bit last-minute sometimes. Sometimes we get the script a few days in advance, and a lot of the time, it’s “Okay, here’s the script, and you’re on tomorrow.” That song, I think, came through with a couple of days’ prep time, and it was the first time we recorded in Buddy Miller’s studio in Nashville. Buddy has this great home studio that’s full of history, and he has an amazing collection of antique guitars on the walls. It’s where he’s been working on the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss albums. I just love the fact that Robert Plant’s frequently singing into the same mics that I’m singing into at Buddy’s house. [Laughs] I did say to Buddy a couple of months ago, when Robert was coming into town the following week, “You know, if Robert ever needs a fellow Englishman to go and have a pint with, if he’s feeling a little bit lonely or homesick, you can point him my way. I’ve got no problem with that. I might be able to make some time for Robert Plant.”

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