Ten years ago this beautiful Easter Day, my father died. His name was Charles Esten Puskar Jr. - Chuck - and I don’t have the words to describe all he meant to me, or how much, or how often, I miss him. I have many great pictures with my dad but, for many reasons, this one remains my favorite. This is him in his favorite place - beside a campfire. It’s been a full day of fishing with his three young grandchildren. He’s got a good cigar in his hand, his dog at his feet, he’s spent the evening laughing telling stories and giving me requests of all his favorite songs. It’s not a problem, because I know them all. I know them all because I was raised on them all. He’s why I know and love Country Music and The Grand Ole @opry. And Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, and on and on... It’s hard to imagine how much he would have loved this incredible NASHVILLE experience of mine. Or seeing his other children thrive in their fields, and in their lives. Or seeing his grandchildren grow into such wonderful people - all of them, in some way reflecting small, specific, facet of him. It’s been a truly special ten years. And he missed it. That’s why it’s actually a bit of a blessing that this sad and difficult anniversary falls on Easter Day. It serves to remind me of his deep faith - the faith that challenged him and changed him. The faith that got him though some incredibly difficult stretches. The faith that told him there was more to life than just this world, and that he, by the grace - and, more specifically the Son - of God was forgiven, and had an eternal home. That’s the faith he passed to me. A gift from him far greater than even the music. Thanks for both, Dad. Miss you.
Blue’s very favorite place to get warm.☀️ EXTRA CREDIT: Do you see the second dog?
So thrilled to have the fantastic @predsfoundation walking with us in this year’s @llstennessee #lightthenight Walk! When you’re in a determined and heartfelt battle against cancer, it sure is nice to have hockey in the fight!👊🏻✨ #Repost @predsfoundation ・・・ Save the date Preds fans! November 1 Preds will be walking in the @leukemialymphomasociety #nashville #lightthenightwalk with @charles_esten and other fighters, survivors & supporters! 🥑 #finnsfans #hockeyfightscancer #cancersucks #finnfansforever
A mini-NASHVILLE reunion with these beautiful people at last night’s benefit for @vogelalcove in Dallas. So great to be onstage with them again, especially for such a great cause!
SO PROUD of our beautiful @taylornoelle!! Last night she and her killer band opened for @jakewesleyrogers at his absolutely packed @mercylounge show, and she was (in my COMPLETELY unbiased opinion) Utterly Amazing. It is so thrilling to watch your daughter work so hard as she follows her voice and her heart in her songwriting, and then to see her use those great and heartfelt songs to lift and move an audience like that. Still floating from the experience! 🙌🏻✨ #veryproudpop
The men of @nashvillecmt were pretty damn good, too. ALSO crazy talented. Not terribly unattractive, either. And boy, did we get along. Still do, whenever our paths cross. Which will never be often enough for me. I’m missing a bunch here, but these were the ones I was able to get pics with on that last day of shooting at @theryman!
Every single day of @nashvillecmt, I was surrounded by talent, humor, beauty, and overall female badassery. Here’s a last-day-of-shooting pic with five of my very favorite examples, including our #nashville creator herself, Callie Khouri!✨❤️
One year ago today, @nashvillecmt gathered us all into the Mother Church for the very last scene of the series. We’ll call this the “Last Selfie.” I will remember and love these wonderful and talented people (and the ones who didn’t make this pic!) forever. #AndEver #Amen #nashville #rymanauditorium #finalepisode #oneyearlater
One year ago today, my friend @conniebritton and I shot our last full @nashvillecmt scene. So glad she was able to come back for that final episode. So grateful for the time I got to spend being the Deacon to her Rayna! #nashvillememories
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere of the fantastic documentary #bluebirdthemovie at #sxsw2019. On April 4th I get to play a round at its singular subject with my friends @lalapopland @cermortinmusic and @karleenwattmusic. Tickets go on sale at 8AM CST! #bluebirdcafe
I’m a big fan of these great songwriters, and on Wednesday night, thanks to @tinpansouth, I get to join them in a round at @truemusicroom! @therealgaryburr @sarahbuxton @georgiamiddleman
Tickets to my October 2019 U.K. Tour go on sale this morning! Go to charlesesten.com to get yours! Link in profile #manchester @bridgewaterhall #glasgow @barrowland_ballroom #gateshead @sage_gateshead #birmingham @o2institutebham #bristol @o2academybris #london @royalalberthall
ON SALE WEDNESDAY!!! Between the quick sellouts and the amazing audiences, last January’s UK TOUR left me promising, every single night, that I would be coming back. Well, HERE. WE. GO!! 🎉🇬🇧👏🏻 Bring on the October 2019 UK TOUR!! With support, once again, from my incredibly talented friends, @theadelaidesuk! #manchester #glasgow #gateshead #birmingham #bristol #london #royalalberthall!!! 🙌🏻✨
Two great nights of improv with these legends of laughter. Nashville and Chattanooga, you were amazing. Your suggestions and every single person that got up onstage with us was hilarious. No wonder TN is called the Volunteer State! 🤚🏻#whoseliveanyway #nashville #chattanooga #coololdelevator
CONGRATULATIONS!!!🎉to the @bluebirdcafetn and to @riverside.ent on the @SXSW World Premiere of their truly special documentary #bluebirdthemovie! I’m blown away by the beautiful heart of this aurally and visually gorgeous film. It doesn’t simply tell the story of this historic and singular venue, it somehow does the impossible and captures it’s very essence. A Bluebird night is a magical thing, so to this wonderful movie that bears its name.✨ #sxsw2019
Big couple nights at @sxsw watching these fine folks premiere their beautiful doc #bluebirdthemovie!! @kurland.amy founded the @bluebirdcafetn, Erika Wollum Nichol runs it, and @brianlosch and @jeffmolyneaux produced and shot the movie! #sxsw #sxsw2019
My buddy @stevemandile is an incredible guitarist, songwriter, & producer. He’s an even better husband, father, and friend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steve!! 🎂🎉
Calling all documentary lovers, music lovers and Nashies — come join me @sxsw for the world premiere of BLUEBIRD. Excited to be a part of this film that tells the story of this historic and one-of-a-kind music venue, and I can't wait to join my friends for a live music panel after the screening. See you Thurs 6:30pm @ Paramount Theatre! #bluebirdthemovie #sxsw2019 @bluebirdcafetn
I’m here at Nashville’s #CBS affiliate to talk with my good friend @meryllrose about Friday night’s @WhoseLiveAnyway show with improv legends @GregProops @JeffBryanDavis and @JoelMurray9of9 at @tpac! Saturday night we’re in Chattanooga at @tivolichatt! Tickets are going FAST! Get yours while you can at the link in my bio! #whoseliveanyway #whoselineisitanyway #liveimprov