Life really does imitate art sometimes, at least in the case of one of the actors on the TV show, 'Nashville.'

Charles "Chip" Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the hit ABC series, was recently seen performing at a Nashville honky tonk when the cameras weren't even rolling. The 48-year-old sang an impressive version of the Hank Williams classic, 'Lovesick Blues.'

While it may not be every day a major TV star can be found performing in a small club in Music City, it really should come as no surprise that Esten showed off his musical chops. In fact, all of the stars on the show -- including Connie Britton, who plays Rayna James, and Hayden Panettiere, who plays sassy Juliette Barnes -- each sing for their own roles.

The actors on the show have all relocated to Nashville, while the show is being filmed. But, according to Esten, there's no place they would rather be.

“The city of Nashville has been very good to us,” he tells The Boot. “And we [the 'Nashville' cast] want to be a part of everything we can do to show our support. As far as being a part of the show, we want it to be as true-to-life as possible, so the more we can attend events and see how the music business works, the better we can portray our characters.”

'Nashville,' which is nominated for both a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe, airs on Wednesday nights at 10PM ET on ABC. A brand-new show, with plenty of surprises, will return on Jan. 15.