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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!

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  1. Meh. This sounds pretty boring, but I’ll try to keep an open mind. What I’d really like is for the show to focus on the music again, not just in the storyline, but in the editing and storytelling. If you compare season one to season three, you’ll see a distinct difference in how well they handled the music. I love how they used to end the show with a song that somehow fit with a montage of all of the key storylines of the episode.

    And, I’d love to see them ditch Gunnar’s nephew/son because that whole storyline is pure cheese.

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    WhooHooo!!! I love Riley Smith :-) :-)

  3. steven says:

    At least he’s not a love interest for Rayna. Meaning there’s still some hope that Deacon would be alive.

  4. Jules says:

    So will he be a new love interest for Scarlett, Layla, Julianne or all of the above?

  5. Linda Irving says:

    I haven’t seen Nashville but I’ll certainly be watching when Riley Smith joins the cast. Not only is Riley a talented actor but he’s also a very talented musician in his own right with his band The Life of Riley.

  6. Sunflowerparis says:

    I have loved Riley Smith since he was in Disney’s Motocrossed!!!!!!!

  7. Nancy Mosher says:

    I stopped watching after season one.I’ll watch now because I Love Riley Smith. I love his acting and his music

  8. lululime says:

    i remember him as Todd Schellinger and from Spring Break Shark Attack.

  9. Shirley says:

    My husband and I do not like him at all!! We are still waiting for real country music, this is not country . Can we hear something country instead of this pop stuff!!