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Connie Britton and other cast members of the ABC television show "Nashville" are honored by CMT at the 2015 Artist of the Year Show at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)

It’s never easy to say goodbye, but sometimes you have no choice.

The country music world was rocked when ABC-TV canceled the prime-time soap drama “Nashville” after four seasons. While fans of the show took it hard, the stars took it even harder. While they are out of jobs, many of them also relocated to Music City since that’s where the show is filmed.

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After stars Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Charles Esten (Deacon), Connie Britton (Raina) and Charley Rose (Zoey) had a day to digest the devastating news, they, along with many of the other members of the cast, said their goodbyes to fans via their social media pages.

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It's hard to put into words the love for my cast mates, crew, production team, songwriters and the city that has been my home for the last 4 years. When I first moved to the city I remember seeing the #ibelieveinnashville murals dotted around the city, created by my now great friend @adriensaporiti of @dcxvindustries. It was at first a strange sight, but I grew to understand it over time. Nashville IS a mythical place where magical things happen, from music, to healthcare, to art and many many other things along the way. It's a very sad day that our beloved Tv show will no longer remain on our screens. But I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE, It has changed my life forever, I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE the city and its people, I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE and I hope you guys do to. All my love Gunnar

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For stars like Chris Carmack and Sam Palladio, their future is already set. Chris is pursuing a real career in country music with the release of his EP, “Pieces Of You,” last December, while Sam has already secured a role on the sci-fi series “Humans.” For others, however, their careers may not be as set.

As country fans, we will always have the music and memories of “Nashville” to hold dear.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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