2nd Season of “Yellowstone” Features Great Country & Roots Music

The Paramount Western series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner doesn’t just make for compelling television, it also works as a great discovery mechanism for good country and roots music that much of the rest of popular culture ignores. Season 2 of the series that started in June has been no different, featuring music from the Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Eliot Bronson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, The Marcus King Band, and many others, including Ryan Bingham, who is a revolving character on the cast. Blackberry Smoke leads the pack with songs on the soundtrack with six played so far in the series, and a seventh upcoming.

“As fans of Yellowstone, we have been engaged with the storyline since the show began,” Blackberry Smoke frontman, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Charlie Starr tells Saving Country Music. “What [Producer] Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner and their whole team have created is fantastic and we’re humbled to have Blackberry Smoke’s music be such a big part of season 2.”

And the idea that Yellowstone is helping good music reach new audiences isn’t just a hypothetical. In 2018 when Whiskey Myers appeared in the series not just as soundtrack contributors, but as an actual band in one of the scenes, sales of their records shot up immediately afterward. The 5th episode of Season 2, which first aired on July 24th opened with Tyler Childers singing “Nose to the Grindstone.” This piqued the interest of The View commentator and famous daughter Meghan McCain. “Wow, Tyler Childers’ voice is so beautifully intense and haunting – wish I had been introduced to his music earlier….,” McCain tweeted out. (McCain is also strangely a big Hellbound Glory fan).

Yellowstone centers around the famous American National Park and the conflicts that arise between the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, an Indian reservation, land developers, and the park itself. It was created by Taylor Sheridan who is originally from Texas, and made a name developing Sons of Anarchy, as well as the movie Hell or High Water, both of which featured lots of independent and classic country music as well. Sheridan is given credit for revitalizing the modern Western.

Below is a list of the songs that have been featured in the series so far. Episode 6 airs Wednesday night, July 31st. As new episodes air, we’ll update this article and/or post another running down the rest of the songs featured in the series.

Episode 1 – A Thundering

  • “What Comes Naturally” – Blackberry Smoke (Cowboy looking for work)
  • “Hear You Call” – APM – (Jamie orders coffee)
  • “My Diamond Is Too Rough” – Ryan Bingham (Walker plays the song at lunch)
  • “Conquer” – Kind (Beth and Bob at restaurant)
  • “Ain’t Much Left of Me” – Blackberry Smoke (In the bunkhouse)
  • “Mud” – Whiskey Myers (In the ranch arena)
  • “Long Hot Summer Day” – Turnpike Troubadours (Bar fight scene)
  • “Workin’ Overtime” – Lainey Wilson (In the bar)

Episode 2 – New Beginnings

  • “Breakdown in G Major” – Eliot Bronson (Stringing barbed wire fencing)
  • “Bread & Water” – Ryan Bingham (Walker playing guitar)

Episode 3 – The Reek of Desperation

  • “Here & Gone” – Mississippi Twilight (Wranglers herd cattle)
  • “Montana Melody” – LeGrande Harvey (In campaign video)
  • “Fire” – Bad Flamingo – (At the bar)
  • “Summer of Love” – Bad Flamingo (At the bar)
  • “Up To No Good Livin'” – Chris Stapleton (At the store shopping for meth supplies)
  • “Train Rollin'” – Blackberry Smoke (In the truck)
  • “Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton (End credits)

Episode 4 – Only Devils Left

  • “Hills and Valleys” – Jason Rebello (At sporting club)
  • “Johnny Cash (Man in Black)” – Badd Wolf (Beating up Jimmy’s dad)
  • “Last of My Kind” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (End credits)

Episode 5 – Touching Your Enemy

  • “Nose to the Grindstone” – Tyler Childers (Flashback)
  • “S.O.B.” – Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Flashback to the bunkhouse)
  • “Never Be Ourselves” – Savannah Conley (Flashback to teenage years)
  • “Reaper” – Wild The Coyote, Bad Wold (Learning about Indian relay races)
  • “Good One Comin’ On” – Blackberry Smoke (At the arena)
  • “Scare The Devil Outta You” – Blackberry Smoke (At the arena)
  • “Welcome ‘Round Here” – The Marcus King Band (At the arena)
  • “Shakin’ Hands with the Holy Ghost” – Blackberry Smoke (At the arena)
  • “Drank like Hank” – Brothers Osborne (At the arena)
  • “Prayers” – Pete Sands (Ending credits)

Episode 6 – Blood The Boy

  • “Pearl Snaps” – Jason Boland and the Stragglers
  • “Start To Go” – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • “Deep Down in the South” – Whiskey Myers
  • “Waiting on the Thunder” – Blackberry Smoke
  • “Headstone” – Whiskey Myers
  • “Take This Heart of Gold” – Mandolin Orange
  • “All I Know” – William Prince
  • “The Killer” – Jaida Dreyer
  • more info coming….

Episode 7 – Resurrection Day

  • “Outlaw Shit” – Waylon Jennings
  • “I Hurt Too” – Katie Herzig
  • “Lucky Seven” – Blackberry Smoke
  • “Slow Burn” – Kacey Musgraves
  • “White Trash Story” – Casey Donahew
  • “Evening Blues” – William Wild
  • “Old Man” – Wild The Coyote, Badd Wolf
  • more info coming…

Episode 8 – Behind Us Only Grey

  • “Save Your Soul” – Joey Stylez
  • “Warpath” – Drezus
  • “Axe” – The Steel Woods (Ending Credits)
  • more info coming…