True Blood alum, Riley Smith, lands a recurring role in the highly anticipated fourth season of the addictive, country music drama, Nashville. TV Line reports Smith has been cast as Markus Kane, a newly signed artist to Rayna’s (Connie Britton) music label, Highway 65. Described as a ‘hotshot’ front man of a mainstream band, Markus decides to embark on a solo career and signs with Highway 65.
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.