Season 1, Episode 10 – “Seshfest”
Charlotte invites Vernon to a festival she is attending to cover a band to impress her mentor at the Nashville Scene. Kenny Chesney also calls to invite Vernon to join him on stage again on the same night, Vernon eagerly accepts, thinking he can accomplish both. Walt goes with Vernon to the Chesney show, witnessing Vernon letting it all go to his head. Charlotte catches up with Dallas’ band; Mabel is there, too, playing devoted manager and roadie to the band. Charlotte steps into another band dispute – helping to settle it and getting them onstage. Vernon drinks too much and treats Walt like a lackey. By the end of the night, he crosses the line with Chesney and they get into a fight on stage. Vernon is thrown out. He goes to the festival and publicly embarrasses himself, ruining Charlotte’s chance with the Nashville scene, and wrecking Dallas’ show.
Still The King features Billy Ray Cyrus as Vernon Brownmule, aka “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden, washed-up, one-hit-wonder who was kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator around. After crashing into an old country church sign during a drunken bender, he is arrested and sentenced to return and serve as the church’s handyman as part of his parole. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and reconnects with a former one-night-stand (Joey Lauren Adams), when he learns he has a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman) he’s never met.