Giddens tweeted a photo Thursday (Sept. 1) from her initial rehearsals with co-star Charles Esten.
— Rhiannon Giddens (@RhiannonGiddens) September 1, 2016
In the show’s fifth season, Giddens is cast as Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker who turns out to have the voice of an angel.
In addition to her role on vocals, banjo and fiddle in Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens gained additional acclaim with the release of her solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. She is working on a follow-up album to be released in 2017.
Nashville returns with a special two-hour premiere on Jan. 5 on CMT. Longtime SVOD partner Hulu will continue to bring fans new episodes of Nashville by making them available to stream the day after they air on CMT.