Yellowstone has one of the best soundtracks on television today. The show has featured great country artists like Billy Joe Shaver, Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland, and several others. This season, they’re cranking it up a notch and bringing new blood as well as fan favorites to the table.
The Songs from Yellowstone Season 4 Episode 5 “Under a Blanket of Red”
The most recent installment of Yellowstone featured even more great country music from independent artists. However, music supervisor Andrea Von Foerster didn’t include anyone that fans of the show haven’t heard before. Instead, she packed “Under a Blanket of Red” with fan favorites like Colter Wall, Blackberry Smoke, and Zach Bryan.
“Cowpoke” – Colter Wall
It is great to see that Yellowstone shines a light on several up-and-coming country artists. However, I think we can all agree that Colter Wall could cover their entire soundtrack and it would fit like a good pair of boots. His latest album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs fits the show so well. As a result, it was no surprise to hear his rendition of “Cowpoke” from that record on last night’s episode.
The classic rings out on the Dutton Yellowstone as the cowboys get to work breaking in John’s new horses. As Lloyd’s feud with Rip continues, the rest of the bunkhouse boys get their shot at cowboying while he watches from the sidelines. Wall’s longing, thick timbre is a perfect fit for Lloyd’s state of mind, as well as the scene at hand.
Stan Jones, best known for writing “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” penned “Cowpoke.” The original version by Elton Britt and the Skytoppers came out in 1951. Last night, Yellowstone showed us that the tune is timeless.
“All Over the Road” – Blackberry Smoke
The Yellowstone music department must love Blackberry Smoke. They used several of the band’s songs in previous seasons. Last night, the Georgia-based southern rockers made their second appearance this season with the song “All Over the Road.” They featured that rocking track on their most recent record, You Hear Georgia.
“Flying or Crying” – Zach Bryan
Yellowstone ended with another fan favorite: Zach Bryan. The show boosted Bryan’s sales by featuring “Condemned” in a season three episode and even put him in the studio with Dave Cobb to cut cleaner versions of his songs for TV. Last night’s episode closed while his song “Flying or Crying” played.
The first lines of the song’s chorus, “So don’t stop running boy / But don’t be naïve / ‘Cause this world will burn and break you / Worse than hearts like ours believe.” frame the final sequence of this week’s installment of Yellowstone perfectly.
The sequence sees Jimmy Hurdstrom riding off into the horizon with his new 6666 ranching bosses. It’s another perfect fit for a Yellowstone scenario that sees the young criminal-turned-cowboy in way over his neck. Indeed, by the end of Yellowstone Season 4, Jimmy will either be “Flying or Crying” as a Texas cowboy.