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Nashville Adds True Blood Alum as Rayna's Hot New Highway 65 Artist

Clear some space on The Bluebird Cafe’s stage, because Nashville‘s Rayna Jaymes just scored herself another Highway 65 artist for the ABC drama’s upcoming fourth season.

Riley Smith (True Blood) has been cast as Markus Keen, the hotshot frontman of a highly successful mainstream band who signs with Rayna’s record label when he decides to go solo, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Markus, whose season-long recurring role was teased in a recent Ask Ausiello, will gravitate to the fledgling Highway 65 because Rayna promises to help him strip down his sound and help him break into country. But when he realizes how much the company needs his album to be a hit, he also realizes how much power he holds over Rayna — that’s when his controlling and narcissistic tendencies reveal themselves.

Smith played friendly vampire Keith on True Blood. His recent TV work includes The Messengers90210, Beauty and the Beast and True Detective.

Nashville fans, what are your early thoughts on the newest member of the Highway 65 family? Hit the comments!