ABC/Randy HolmesElton John loves American roots music, including country, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the pop-rock legend has signed on to guest star on ABC’s country-music drama Nashville.

Elton will play himself on the May 18 episode of the series, and will perform with the character Gunnar Scott, who’s an up-and-coming singer/songwriter portrayed by Sam Palladio. The episode will be the next-to-last one of this current season. Another star from the rock world, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, made a guest appearance on the first episode of Nashville’s current season.

As for how the show managed to land a legendary performer like Elton for a guest spot, well, that’s simple. His producer, T-Bone Burnett, is married to Callie Khouri, the creator of Nashville.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that John’s last appearance on a scripted series came in 2013, as part of Lady Gaga‘s ABC Christmas special.

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