We already knew that producers of Paramount Network’s original series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner had good taste in music from the inaugural season of the show, which featured the music of Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Stapleton, The Trishas, and others, and actually had Texas country’s Southern rock outfit Whiskey Myers performing live in one of the episodes. Ryan Bingham also appears in the series. But they are doubling down in Season 2, and Blackberry Smoke is set up to be one of the big beneficiaries with a bunch of songs being placed throughout the new season.
Debuting Wednesday night (6-19), Blackberry Smoke will have two songs in the season’s first episode—“What Comes Naturally” from their 2016 album Like an Arrow, and “Ain’t Much Left of Me” from 2012’s The Whipoorwhill. They will be two of eight total songs appearing throughout the second season of the series, with three songs showing up in the fifth episode alone (see master list below).
“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 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. We will be tuned in with everyone to see, and hear, it all unfold at the ranch.”
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.
Blackberry Smoke is currently in Europe at the moment supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd on their farewell tour and playing their own solo shows. The band shocked the world when in 2015 their record Holding All The Roses went #1 on the Billboard Country Charts—the first independently-released record to do so in the modern era. Their 2016 record Like An Arrow also went #1, as did their most recent effort, 2018’s Find a Light when factoring in pure album sales. With loyal fans built from both energetic live shows and quality songwriting, Blackberry Smoke represents some of the best in today’s Southern Rock and independent country.
Be listening for the Blackberry Smoke songs in the new Yellowstone season, as well as additional songs from Whiskey Myers that have been promised, and who knows who else that will show up in the series that country radio continues to ignore, but fans immediately connect to when they hear. New episodes air each Wednesday on the Paramount Network throughout the summer.
Blackberry Smoke Songs on Yellowstone:
Episode 201 – Airs: 6/19/19
“What Comes Naturally”
“Ain’t Much Left of Me”
Episode 203 – Airs: 7/10/19
Episode 205 – Airs: 7/24/19
“Good One Comin’ On”
“Scare The Devil Outta You”
“Shakin’ Hands With The Holy Ghost”
Episode 206 – Airs: 7/31/19
“Waiting For The Thunder”
Episode 207 – Airs: 8/7/19