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He started out the show as the right arm of Connie Britton's Rayna James, transitioned into the sometime-songwriting pal (and bed buddy) of Hayden Panettiere's Juliette Barnes, and turned protector of his heartbroken niece, Scarlett (Clare Bowen), but these days on "Nashville," Charles Esten's Deacon Claybourne is finding his feet on his own.

But, the actor told AccessHollywood.com that his axe-slinging character, currently on tour with a fictional country band made up of sober musicians, is headed for some rocky times that could challenge Deacon's sobriety.

"There's an episode we've shot already that does go to that place," ...

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