Watch out, Deacon, another guitar-toting country crooner who’d fallen for a Southern beauty with a big singing career is coming to Nashville. Tony- and Grammy-winning actor, singer and guitarist Steve Kazee has joined the cast of ABC’s country music drama Nashville in the recurring role of Riff. He will make his debut on the show in early 2016.
Ten years ago, Riff was a country music star at the top of his game: No. 1 hits, platinum albums and sold-out tours. At the time, this good old boy from Arkansas enjoyed the thrills of fame – partying and women – and acquired a legion of loyal fans, captivated by his genuine sound and authentic storytelling. However, everything changed when Riff met Heidi, a Southern beauty with a budding musical career of her own. He fell head over boots in love and chose what none of his contemporaries was willing to do – leave it all behind – farm over fortune, the family over fame. Riff and Heidi would join the show’s leading music couple, Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten).
Nashville is in production on its fourth season, filming around star Hayden Panettiere, who has been getting treatment for postpartum depression. The series, from Lionsgate TV, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, follows the lives of a group of recording artists in the cutthroat music industry.
Kazee won both a Tony (leading actor in a musical) and Grammy (best musical theater album) for his performance in Broadway’s Once. His other Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot (Sir Lancelot), To Be Or Not To Be, Edward Albee’s Seascape and The Subject Was Roses. He currently appears on TNT’s Legends and Showtime’s Shameless. Kazee is repped by ICM Partners and D2 Management.