'Tough Trade' adds four to cast

Trace Adkins, Joey Lauren Adams among those joining pilot

Country star Trace Adkins is adding authenticity to Epix's Nashville-set drama "Tough Trade."

Joey Lauren Adams, Boyd Holbrook and Claire van der Boom also have been cast in the project from Lionsgate TV, executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan and co-executive producer/creator Chris Offutt.

"Tough," whose executive producers include another musician, T Bone Burnett, is a contemporary one-hour drama about three generations of a Nashville music dynasty (Sam Shepard, Cary Elwes, Lucas Black) whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy.

Nashville native Adkins will play Scared, a friend and bodyguard to Linwood Tucker (Shepard) who is fiercely loyal to the family.

The CAA-repped Adkins, who has sold more than 10 million albums, was the runner-up on the first season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" and has dabbled in acting with the feature "An American Carol" and guest spots on TV's "Yes, Dear" and "King of the Hill."

Adams will play Shawnelle, the strong and blunt fifth Mrs. Linwood Tucker who is determined never to be the newest ex-wife.

Adams, repped by Paradigm and Caliber Media, recently directed her first music video, for the band Dashboard Confessional, and will be seen on the new season of Showtime's "United States of Tara."

Holbrook will play the youngest Tucker, Jackson, who is poised to become the crown prince of country music by following his family's legacy.

Van der Boom ("The Pacific") will play Jackson's half sister Billie, the only woman in the world of the Tucker men who holds the family together with her strength and will.
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