Accomplished musician Rhiannon Giddens has just signed onto the cast of Nashville.
The co-founding member of Americana band Carolina Chocolate Drops revealed the surprise career move through a photo with co-star Charles Esten on Twitter.
— Rhiannon Giddens (@RhiannonGiddens) September 1, 2016
Giddens will play Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a social worker who has an undiscovered singing talent. According to CMT, her role will be reoccurring, but no other details of her plot line have been revealed.
You may recognize Giddens as the featured artist on Eric Church’s current single, “Kill a Word.” Along with preparing for her new role, Giddens will release her second solo album sometime next year.
The last few months have been filled with a lot of changes for Nashville. Although the show had a huge cult following, ratings steadily began to decline. After being cancelled by ABC in May, the show was quickly picked up by CMT and Hulu.
Although much of the cast signed on for the new season, Will Chase (Luke Wheeler) and Aubrey Peebles (Layla Grant) parted ways with the show. Lead actress Connie Britton has only signed on for a total of 10 episodes next season. It’s still unclear if she plans on leaving the show for good.
Nashville will return for its fifth season with a two-hour premiere on Jan. 5 on CMT. Hulu subscribers will also be able to stream the episodes the day after they air.