Expect The 'Nashville' Season 4 Soundtrack Soon

Forget about all the dramatic cliffhangers for a second. The music this year on Nashville is going to be out of control. When will the Nashville Season 4 soundtrack be released? With Aubrey Peeples coming into this season as a series regular, and guest stars including Stephen Tyler (pictured above) and Riley Smith joining Nashville as a new Highway 65 artist, you're gonna want to get your paws on these tracks. While there is no official release date as of yet, I can make an educated guess. The good news is, we won't have to wait that long.

Let's look to the past and see if there are any trends with Nashville soundtrack releases. The Season 3 soundtracks were released December of 2014, then March and May of 2015. The Season 2 soundtracks were released in December 2013 and May 2014. Finally, when all of this was just getting started, the Season 1 soundtracks were released in December 2012 and May 2013, with a complete Season 1 compilation following in September of that year.

So, let me check my math, that makes it seem pretty likely that the Nashville Season 4, Volume 1 soundtrack will drop in December 2015, just a few months from now. We'll have to wait for a specific day and opportunity to preorder, but the pattern is strong enough that I'm confident it will happen in December. As for the rest, it'll depend on how many albums they intend to fill with new material. I would assume that since they set the precedent of three volumes in Season 3 that they'll repeat that pattern, but it's possible that the show ups to four or goes back down to two.

You can also download the week's songs as singles on iTunes and Amazon while the season progresses. You can also find the music sung by characters on the show and just featured on the show at ABC's music lounge. However, those costs can rack up pretty quickly if you tend to like every song on the show — and I wouldn't blame you if you did. Personally, unless you're dying to add something to your playlist ASAP, I'd recommend holding out until the album is released. It's nice to know that the first soundtrack won't be following too far behind the Season 4 premiere.

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