The Music of ‘Yellowstone’: Best Songs from Season 4

by Clayton Edwards
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It doesn’t seem like this season should be over just yet, but it is. Now, we’re left to wonder where the Duttons will go from here. In the meantime, let’s dive into the music of this season of Yellowstone one more time.

The Best Country Music from Yellowstone Season 4

Like the first three seasons, season 4 of Yellowstone was loaded with great country music. It took some time and some heated debate, but we were able to narrow the long list of killer tunes down to five superior songs.

“Caravan of Fools” – John Prine (Episode 3 “All I See Is You”)

John Prine was one of the best songwriters to ever walk the earth. So, hearing his music on Yellowstone was a real treat. When they closed episode three with “Caravan of Fools” it was like seeing two of our favorite things come together to create a beautiful and somber moment after a big episode full of tension.

“Cowpoke” – Colter Wall (Episode 5 “Under a Blanket of Red”)

Yellowstone fans heard Colter Wall’s music a few times during this season. So, really, he could have made up most of this list. Tracks like “Sleeping on the Blacktop” and “Plain to See Plainsman” are top-notch. However, there’s something about the lonesome-sounding “Cowpoke” that sets it apart from the rest. Maybe it’s the yodel that Colter uses throughout the song. Maybe it’s that it just fits the world of Yellowstone better than almost anything else. Whatever it is, we’d like more of it.

“All Over the Road” – Blackberry Smoke (Episode 5 “Under a Blanket of Red”)

It’s hard to go wrong with Blackberry Smoke. They have a huge collection of great Southern-fried rock and roll. “All Over the Road,” from their most recent release, You Hear Georgia is a great example of what they do. When you pair that rowdy rockin’ music with Yellowstone’s bunkhouse, it’s a guaranteed win.

“Cover Me Up” – Jason Isbell (Episode 8 “No Kindness for the Coward”)

Yellowstone’s music department picks great songs every week. However, it isn’t just the quality of the songs that make them great. It’s also how well they fit the scenes. They really hit it out of the park when they used “Cover Me Up” during the love scene between Jimmy and Emily. It’s not an incredible song. It was also one of the most fitting songs they could have used for the scene. The lyrics are spot-on. However, it’s the passion and desire in Isbell’s voice that made this the perfect tune to play behind a new couple experiencing their first intimate moments.

“To Keep from Being Found” – Hayes Carll (Episode 10 “Grass on the Streets and Weeds on the Rooftops”)

Hayes Carll dropped You Get It All earlier this year. It was one of the year’s best albums and really showed the range of Carll’s sound. So, when “To Keep from Being Found” showed up in the season finale, it had to go on this list. This song is rock-infused Texas country at its finest and it fits perfectly with that surprising bunkhouse brawl.

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