Today is the opening of the movie "Country Strong" with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw and a host of others.  Here is the background story of one of it's other stars Garrett Hedlund.

Garrett Hedlund had never been to Nashville prior to accepting the role of rugged singer-songwriter Beau Hutton in the new film, Country Strong. Although he didn't even know how to sing or play guitar, Hedlund worked closely with director Shana Feste to develop his musical talent. In fact, it's his deep singing voice you'll hear first, as he delivers Merle Haggard's classic "Silver Wings" in a honky-tonk. Meanwhile, new songs like "Chances Are" and "Give In to Me" (sung with co-star Leighton Meester) are musical highlights of the film, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, along with countless Nashville musicians in the roles of ... Nashville musicians. The film opens nationally on Friday (Jan. 7).

via CMT : News : Country Strong's Garrett Hedlund Has Friends in High Places.