Nashville Adds Shameless Actor as Country Superstar-Turned-Farmer

Nashville Steve Kazee Season 4 Cast

Don’t worry, Layla: Nashville‘s newest addition isn’t gunning for a chance as Rayna’s next big Highway 65 artist.

Tony winner Steve Kazee (Shameless, Broadway’s Once) has been cast as Riff, a former country star who turned away from the business for the good of his family, our sister site Deadline reports.

Per the site, Riff had Luke Wheeler-equivalent fame a decade ago (successful tours, lots of hits, armies of fans) but gave it all up when he fell in love with Heidi, an aspiring country-music artist herself. Now, he’s more of a farmer and family man.

Kazee’s TV credits also include Legends, Drop Dead Diva, Elementary and NCIS.

The ABC drama recently cast Jessy Schram (Veronica Mars) as Cash Gray, the daughter of Deacon’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Frank.

Thoughts on how Riff will fit in with the Music City gang? Sound off in the comments!

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