SYNOPSIS: 21-years-old and straight out of Freehold Township, New Jersey, CHARLIE STILLMAN arrives in Nashville to make it in country music. He has nothing much to show for himself…well, sure, he’s got talent, a voice, and a mean guitar, but in the Music City every waiter, busboy, and dishwasher can all say the same. Charlie’s only real hope is hanging on his dearly departed father’s country music legacy.
Charlie can’t get a gig, land a manager, or even play on the corner without being moved on by another street performer, but when he opens his late father’s mysterious storage unit, he finds what his dad must of deemed his birthright: a book of handwritten songs that were never published. And a tattered old concert flier that leads to The Jaybird, the most famous dance hall in Nashville. But LUCKY OWENS, his father’s old promoter and owner of The Jaybird, thwarts any hope Charlie had of using his father’s name for a chance at stardom, and tosses Charlie back on the street. “Your father banged everything with a pulse in Nashville including my wife!” Lucky yells.
But with the help of Lucky’s pretty secretary, JUNE TRAVIS, Charlie does wind up with a job, albeit a job that might well get him killed. He's to drive to Seattle and transport the scared-to-fly, outlaw country legend, BUCKSHOT THOMAS, back to Nashville for his final concert. Lucky’s staked his venue on Buckshot’s appearance, and swears he’ll finish destroying Charlie’s career before it’s even begun should Charlie fail to deliver Buckshot in five days’ time. And yet deep down beneath all the terror he feels and is about to feel, Charlie understands he’s on a sort of vision quest, seeking life adventures for his lyrics, as well as the tools to overcome his father’s long (and suspiciously stained) shadow.