Nashville First Look: Steve Kazee's Farmer Riff Arrives in Music City

Welcome to Nashville, Riff.

Broadway star Steve Kazee makes his debut on the ABC country-music drama this March, and TVLine has an exclusive first glimpse of the Tony winner in his first episode.

As previously reported, Kazee’s character is a former country superstar who abandoned the music business when he fell in love with a woman who was an aspiring singer/songwriter herself. Now, he’s a family man and farmer.

Kazee will recur in the second half of Season 4, which resumes Wednesday, March 16 at 10/9c.

As you can see in the photo, Riff and Luke seem friendly — might the mogul be thinking about rebuilding his oft-mentioned brand by luring former star Riff to Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records?

Take a good look at the picture above, then hit the comments: What’s your prediction about Riff’s role in Nashville?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Amy H says:

    Garth Brooks story line. I really used to love Nashville, but it’s turned into a hot mess.

  2. Steve Kazee has a beautiful voice, and he’s a fantastic actor. Can’t wait to see him on Nashville!

  3. Maria says:

    I’ve liked this guy since he guest-starred on NCIS (the episode was Recoil). He should do great on Nashville.

  4. Davey says:

    Sure hope we’re going to hear Kazee sing on the show.

  5. smartysenior says:

    They need a breath of fresh air to turn this show around, last season was a downer. I have high hopes for some new plots this season to bring us all back to the huge fans we want to be.

  6. Winter says:

    So he’s Garth Brooks then. OK looking forward to it.

  7. Maria Morse says:

    Love Steve Kazee and can’t wait to see him on Nashville. Here’s hoping he’ll stick around if the show is picked up for another year.