With rumors swirling about potential new cast members and fans still eager to learn the fates of their Dutton Ranch favorites, we’ve compiled five country artists we think could absolutely crush a cameo in Paramount’s Yellowstone. The show’s soundtrack highlights the beauty of country, western, and bluegrass music, so it only makes sense that a few iconic country singers show up on the screen as well. From Carrie Underwood’s farm roots to Willie Nelson’s cowboy lyrics, here are the five country stars we would love to see on Yellowstone…
Reba McEntire: Rodeo Role Model
Reba has had her fair share of rodeo and barrel racing herself. Her father made a living roping cattle, so McEntire grew up surrounded by the lifestyle portrayed in Yellowstone.
She’s had years of practice, so the necessary stunts and roping would be simple for this country legend. “My siblings and I would rope our tricycles, while Mama pretended to be a rodeo announcer,” she writes in her book My Story. In the book, she proves she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to horses and the cowboy lifestyle. “A lot of folks don’t realize that a cowboy or cowgirl is only as good as his or her horse. In my case, the horse probably knew more about running barrels than I did,” McEntire writes. Of course, Yellowstone fans know this too, after watching Jimmy’s wild ride in season one and his riding growth in season two. The person on the horse needs to know what they’re doing, but the horse’s attitude, knowledge, and stamina are what it’s all about.
Reba could be a rodeo role-model for the barrel racing girls or a mother-figure for the Bunkhouse boys, perhaps. Her sarcasm and wit are sure to fit in with the personalities and her genius in the ranching lifestyle would play perfectly to legendary quotes of advice.
Willie Nelson: The Wise Farmer
Of course his hit “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” would be a perfect melody behind a disagreement with Monica and Kayce or a song foreshadowing a difficulty in the Bunkhouse. “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys / ‘Cause they’ll never stay home and they’re always alone / Even with someone they love” are surely lyrics the Yellowstone ranchers (plus their mamas and girlfriends) could relate to.
Willie Nelson has a handful of quotes that are reminiscent of John Dutton’s fatherly advice masked in metaphor and untouchable wisdom, yet sing a different tune than the show’s landowner. His quotes about releasing control and going with the flow would perfectly juxtapose John’s iconic quotes of gaining power and claiming control. Will Nelson’s quote, “Fortunately, we are not in control,” perfectly foils John’s ” I never wanted that office. Beth, I just wanted the control. I still have that.”
And of course, Nelson and Dutton’s quotes on America when set beside each other, “America, to me, is freedom.” John Dutton iconically says, “This is America. We don’t share land here.” Land of the free, home of the brave. It would be incredible to see the two stars interact.
Carrie Underwood: Yellowstone Fan Turned Yellowstone Star?
“Pretty sure Mike thinks he’s Rip,” Underwood hilariously captions the post. If her hunting-loving, hockey-playing hubby is Rip, does that give Carrie the role of Beth???
The ‘Before He Cheats’ singer didn’t stop her Yellowstone posts in July, though. Following the season three finale, she rushed to Twitter in shock and frustration, like many others. “Well, crap, @Yellowstone. Y’all are gonna play us all like that?!” she wrote after watching the action-packed, jaw-dropping last ten minutes of ‘The World is Purple.’
Carrie Underwood would be an absolute highlight on the show. Underwood grew up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, so the Yellowstone lifestyle would be far from an act for her. Though Carrie says she never expected to marry a hunter, perhaps her Yellowstone character would fall for a bunkhouse boy… Could she be a love interest for Walker? Maybe a friend visiting Teeter from Texas? Whatever it is, we want to see this Yellowstone mega-fan find her way onto the Paramount show.
Chris Stapleton: Missing Piece to Bunkhouse Jam Sessions
Ryan Bingham, who plays Walker, began his journey with Yellowstone as a musician. He was written into the script by Taylor Sheridan after Sheridan heard of his rodeo past. Perhaps Stapleton could be a similar addition, considering his music has been crucial to dramatic scenes in the show. Plus, he’d be the perfect musical addition to Walker’s bunkhouse performances.
Dolly Parton: The Joke-Making, Sparkle-Wearing Queen
We love Dolly though not for her down-to-get dirty, rodeo-like attitude, but rather the opposite: her glitz and glam, her sparkles and shining identity. So, no, she wouldn’t be the newest ranch-hand or bunking with a scorched brand, but her story may be more along the lines of the hilarious visiting family member or the new store owner down the road.
She grew up in a huge family and her father was a sharecropper for part of her childhood, so though she may have little dirt under her bright pink acrylic nails, she’s no stranger to the farming lifestyle. And while we can’t imagine her moving into the bunkhouse, the Library of Congress cites she grew up with twelve in a one-room cabin, it may take her back to her roots.