Country music was always a part of my life and contributed the creation of Dukes. I produced recording sessions in Nashville, going back to the legendary Ryman Auditorium, where I filmed a documentary on the country music Hall of Fame. Also, prior to Dukes, I directed several shows featuring country music singers.
When I sold Dukes to the network, I explained to them that country music was unlike any other musical genre because of its family based, loyal following. Country music fans started listening as kids and didn’t stop listening until they took their last breath. I figured Dukes would be appealing country music fans because of its similarity in feel and values. The network hadn’t considered this, but they were willing to give it a shot.
The unwritten rule was that for every Dukes episode, someone in Nashville ought to be able to write a country music song about it. I think the creative team on Dukes did a pretty good job of making this possible.