When The CW's comedy-drama “Hart of Dixie” closes out its second season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, it does it to the music of country trio Gloriana, including the Nashville-based band's hit single, “Can't Shake You.”
Taping in March, the band takes the stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., in front of a large crowd of extras, director and series star Tim Matheson, crew, guests, and even cast members who aren't in the scene.
After the first take, with the band lip-syncing to a prerecorded live performance track — Matheson explains that having a set track allows camera operators to time their shots — the extras cheer long after “Cut” is yelled out.
Taking a few minutes to chat in the set for Dr. Brick Breeland, Matheson's character, Gloriana member Tom Gossin explains the song choice.
“I came in screaming ‘Free Bird,'” he quips, “but they didn't want ‘Free Bird.'”
“It's our current single, ‘Can't Shake You,'” said his brother, Mike. “We're on tour promoting it right now.”
“‘Dixie Chicken' might have been a good one,” Tom adds.
As to whether the band has ever done anything like this before, singer Rachel Reinert says, “It's like nothing we've ever done before. We've done music videos, but this is a whole other different kind of situation. At least for me, what I'm taking away from all of it is just the mad respect I have for what these people do, because every little bit counts.
“It's a lot of stop and start and doing it over and over and over again. They're amazing.”
But when asked why Gloriana was chosen, Tom deadpanned, “We can't figure that out, actually.”
Again, Mike chimes in with some information, saying, “We had some music on the show previously. We certainly feel lucky and blessed to be a part of it.”
“I love this band,” Matheson said. “I put some of their music with one of our major editors, in an earlier show. So I started listening to their music.”
Reinert has been watching downloaded episodes of “Hart of Dixie” on the tour bus. The Gossin brothers are catching up, but Mike already has a favorite character, town bad boy Wade Kinsella, played by Wilson Bethel.
“It's Wilson,” Mike said. “What's his name on the show? Wade. That's Wade.”
“I like it when he's shirtless,” Reinert said.