Paramount Series “Yellowstone” Features Good Music from Independent Artists
Paramount Network’s original series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner has lots of folks talking with its rough and tumble drama, and panoramic vistas shot on location in the American West. But one interesting wrinkle for fans of independent country music has been the inclusion of multiple artists on the soundtrack in the series, and in pretty prominent roles. Last week Texas Southern rock band Whiskey Myers received a huge boost from the series when their music wasn’t just featured, the band itself saw screen time, resulting in their albums shooting up the iTunes charts.
But that’s just where the love for independent and traditional country artists from the series begins. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason‘s version of “Ashokan Farewell” made famous in the Ken Burns documentary series on The Civil War was featured in Episode 1, as was a song by the Texas country music supergroup The Trishas called “Trouble About My Soul,” and Chris Stapleton‘s version of “Tennessee Whiskey.” Whitey Morgan and the 78’s version of the old Johnny Cash song “Bad News” made an appearance in Episode 2, as did Billy Joe Shaver‘s “Goodbye Yesterday.”
Along with the big boost Whiskey Myers received from their appearances on Episode 4, the song “Keep The Wolves Away” from Uncle Lucius was featured, as was Ryan Bingham‘s ‘Sunrise.” In fact Ryan Bingham might be on deck to receive his own boost as he’s set to become a recurring character in the series beginning with Episode 5. As cool as it has been to see and hear some worthy artists receiving attention through the series, what Yellowstone might have in store with the soundtrack and appearances makes it even more compelling to follow along.
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.
For those following along with a series, below is a (mostly) complete list of all the songs and artists featured on the series so far. Beyond the country realm, other good music is also featured in the series. As new episodes air, we’ll try to either update this list, or post new ones for folks who hear a song or artist they like, and want to find the name. Also if you see something missing or want to know the name of a song, feel free to pipe up in the comments section.
New episodes air each Wednesday on the Paramount Network.
Opening Credits – Original Theme by Brian Tyler
Episode 1 – Daybreak
- Joey Stylez – “Save Your Soul (Radio Version) – (While in Kayce’s truck)
- Chris Stapleton – “Tennessee Whiskey” – (In the restaurant)
- A Perfect Circle – “Judith” – (In Jimmy’s Trailer)
- Whiskey Myers – “On the River” – (Kayce hesitates to drive into Yellowstone ranch)
- Puscifier – “Tumbleweed” – (Tribal police vehicles pass Kayce’s house)
- APM Music – “Nocturne Opus 9 #1 – (In the clubhouse at Sporting Club)
- Audio Network – “Blue Haze” – (In the clubhouse at Sporting Club)
- Jay Ungar & Molly Mason – “Ashokan Farewell” – (Funeral at Yellowstone Ranch)
- The Trishas – “Trouble About My Soul” – (End Credits)
Episode 2 – Kill The Messenger
- White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ’65” – (At the rodeo)
- Blur – “Song 2” – (At the rodeo)
- Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – “Bad News” – (At the bunkhouse)
- (Billy Joe) Shaver – “Goodbye Yesterday” – (End Credits)
Episode 3 – No Good Horses
- Bad Flamingo – “Howlin at the Moon” – (At Yellowstone Ranch arena)
- Rusty Tinder – “Got Me In A Bind” – (At Murray Hotel Bar)
- Puscifier – “The Humbling River” – (End Credits)
Episode 4 – The Long Black Train
- Ryan Bingham – “Sunrise” – (Morning at Yellowstone Ranch)
- Audio Network – “Late Night Mellow” – (Paradise Valley Sporting Club)
- Brad Hatfield – “After Hours” – (Paradise Valley Sporting Club)
- Whiskey Myers – “Frogman” – (Whiskey Myers performs live at cowboy bar)
- Uncle Lucius – “Keep The Wolves Away” – (Kayce is pulled over on Reservation)
- Whiskey Myers – “Stone” – (Whiskey Myers performing live, end credits)
July 24, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Sheridan’s movie “Wind River” has Turnpike – “Diamonds & Gasoline”
July 25, 2018 @ 8:01 am
That was good movie.
July 25, 2018 @ 3:48 pm
Yep, it was.
Like ‘Yellowstone’ it has a strong ‘Longmire’ feel to it.
July 24, 2018 @ 12:10 pm
Was not aware Bingham was possibly gonna be in the show. Really pumped now.
July 24, 2018 @ 1:33 pm
Thanks for doing this Trig! I love the show. The scenery is great, the music is awesome , and I REALLY love the character “Beth” (The powerful and slutty daughter) . I give the series a solid A-. The only minor complaint about the series is that they tend to throw in a few strange (almost ridiculous) plot twists and story lines. Still one of my favorites. Again thanks for the write up. Billy
July 24, 2018 @ 2:02 pm
Got renewed for a second season today also.
July 24, 2018 @ 2:22 pm
I’m a Big fan of Kevin Costner. Love the Beth Dutton Character.
Music is good too. Can’t wait for each episode to air.
July 24, 2018 @ 2:48 pm
Bad news was a Johnny Cash song? I guess I never knew that.
July 24, 2018 @ 4:11 pm
Jerry Jeff Walker also recorded it.
July 25, 2018 @ 2:22 am
Bad news was written by John D. Loudermilk and began a signature song for Johnny Cash.
Another great rendition was the one from blues guitarist/singer Clarence Carter in his 1969 album “testifyin'”
July 25, 2018 @ 2:47 am
I may start this show today. The cinematography seems beautiful and people seem to like it a lot.
July 25, 2018 @ 6:54 am
What is Bingham doing these days? He showed up on the scene with a voice dry as a mesa, and I thought his soul would never be for sale. People should treat his voice like the major gift it is and write songs for him. That’s his strength, that voice.
July 25, 2018 @ 9:56 am
Murmurs a new album will be announced soon from Ryan Bingham.
July 26, 2018 @ 6:22 am
He’s been posting a good bit lately about being in studio.
July 25, 2018 @ 9:18 am
For the people that haven’t watched the show I highly recommend it. I was skeptical with it being on Paramount Network but they invested a ton of money and it feels more like a show that would be on HBO or Showtime honestly. The awesome music is a big bonus as well.
July 25, 2018 @ 1:14 pm
Does anyone know where the cowboy bar is located in Ep. 4?
August 23, 2018 @ 6:10 pm
I believe it’s in Ogden, Utah
July 25, 2018 @ 6:17 pm
Love the series, Kevin Costner is keeping
the western alive!!
July 26, 2018 @ 4:41 am
Decent show so far. Although this show isn’t on the same level, the premise reminds me of The Sopranos or The Wire where you aren’t really sure if there is a redeemable character among the bunch so it is difficult to “root” for anyone. The music is on point so far.
September 11, 2020 @ 3:35 pm
You’re right; Yellowstone isn’t on the same level as The Sopranos or The Wire, it’s on the next level. That’s coming from a fan of both of the aforementioned HBO shows.
July 28, 2018 @ 6:12 am
The series is very good so far, the scenery is awesome and the soundtrack kicks ass. I’m a big fan so far and looking forward to more.
July 29, 2018 @ 8:28 am
I love this show and the music is amazing hope they can come out with a cd of all of it that would be great.
July 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
I thought I might’ve heard a song from Sawyer Frederickson, voice sounded like him. No?
July 30, 2018 @ 9:32 am
Sheridan must be a big Maynard James Keenan fan.
February 13, 2021 @ 2:45 pm
Who rising! Tisk tisk
August 1, 2018 @ 8:34 am
I got caught up on the episodes Sunday. I like it. It’s a bit campy and over the top in spots, but I’ll stick with it. I never was a Kevin Costner fan, but he’s excellent in Yellowstone. Don’t you think he acts and looks like George Strait in this series?
August 23, 2018 @ 11:54 am
Anyone know who sang the final song in the last episode?
August 25, 2018 @ 6:14 am
It is Lucinda Williams but I do not know the name of the song .love this show can’t wait for more
August 25, 2018 @ 7:30 am
It was Mary Guthrie song is Mercy Now
January 12, 2019 @ 8:01 pm
Was that the one goes “my father could use a little mercy now”? Am trying to find out so I can buy it.
April 1, 2019 @ 7:44 pm
Mercy Now Song by Mary Gauthier
January 12, 2019 @ 8:16 pm
Trying to find name of final song part 2 of Episode 9. Goes something like
…” my father could use a little mercy now”.
August 28, 2018 @ 5:08 pm
Love the series…I hope Monica prevails, you come to live her when you find out where she’s coming from.
September 4, 2018 @ 12:56 pm
What’s not to love? Great music, beautiful location and yes, while it’s sometimes over the top, it’s still a great ride.
July 9, 2019 @ 8:46 am
I can’t seem to find the song (I thought it was Episode 1) when Kayce is sitting in front of his trailer. It talks about “Going Home.” I can’t seem to find it anywhere. It is a haunting song and I love it!
July 11, 2019 @ 7:34 am
Who sings the final song ( while the credits are rolling ) in last night’s episod? This is the episode in which the Dutton family sits down to a dinner of octopus. At first I thought it was Chris Stapleton but evidently not!
July 12, 2019 @ 7:34 pm
It’s is Chris Stapleton. The name of the song is Whiskey and You.
July 16, 2019 @ 6:29 pm
I know I heard Chris knight playing on one episode, I believe 7 or 8. They were playing cards and you could hear it in the background . Am I crazy??
October 3, 2019 @ 2:41 am
I have found great music it’s so refreshing to hear a more grounded sound
August 11, 2019 @ 3:55 pm
Thanks for this, I really enjoy the series, but the music is brilliant. I really hope that the release a compilation of all this great stuff. I am really starting to love Western/Country music. I have been scouring Spotify trying to find all the tracks. Can you add to this list, including season 2?
Thanks so much.
August 15, 2019 @ 1:06 pm
I love this show & the music. Freaked out when I heard my favorite group BlackBerry Smoke in 3 different episodes as background music. Please check this other band out. http://www.TheChitlins.net epk & YouTube page ChitlinsBand they’d be good too.