‘Monarch’ tells a story of lies and secrets in country music’s golden family

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The dark side of country music is emerging. FOX’s new drama Monarch follows the first country music family in an epic tale of lies and betrayal. The matriarch and patriarch of this family, the Romans, are Dottie (played by Susan Sarandon) and Albie (portrayed by country music star Trace Adkins). Together, the duo created a dynasty, but now it’s on shaky ground. Their daughter, Nicky (Anna Friel), is willing to do whatever she can to protect her family’s musical reign and pursue her own growing career.

“Everyone has secrets. Everyone has agendas,” Adkins explained. Having been in the industry for 25 years – his anniversary album was released earlier this year – Adkins has had a front row seat in country music. His character is described as the “Texas truth-teller”, but even that appears to be a lie. “He’s got as many secrets as anybody else, but that’s just his self-described nickname, that old-school OG truth-teller in his music. And so, it’s just kind of a handful he’s been through, but don’t take it at face value.

So how much does the show resonate with the world of country music? Well, according to Adkins, it’s closer than you think. “They have people consulting on this show who have a pretty good idea of ​​how things work and what the belly actually looks like. So it’s quite surprising sometimes how close they actually get.

Monarch > Premieres Sunday January 30; airing Tuesdays beginning February 1 on FOX

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