Sam Palladio is a musician and star of the TV series Nashville.
Sam Palladio is a musician and star of the TV series Nashville. Contributed

Nashville heartthrob Sam Palladio joins CMC Rocks

NASHVILLE star Sam Palladio is the latest addition to the already packed CMC Rocks line-up.

The UK-born actor and musician replaces Tyler Farr, who was forced to withdraw from the three-day country music festival to undergo throat surgery.

Palladio is best known as Nashville heartthrob Gunnar Scott, who has an on-again off-again relationship with Australian actress Clare Bowen's character Scarlett.

Art imitates life for the 20-year-old, who plays a musician on the award-winning show and in real life is the lead singer of the folk band Salt Water Thief.

"We were sad to lose Tyler Farr and wish him all the best with his surgery," promoter Rob Potts said. "But we couldn't be more thrilled to have Sam joining the lineup. We're all huge fans of Nashville and he's an awesome singer and songwriter in his own right."

Palladio and Salt Water Thief will perform at CMC Rocks on Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12 and will also take part in the Sunday Songwriters Show.

This year's festival has broken all previous sales and attendance records in the event's nine-year history.

According to promoters, next month's event is just days from selling out with only three-day festival tickets still available.

CMC Rocks Queensland will be held from March 11 to 13 at Willowbank.