The soundtrack to the hit TV series “Yellowstone” is just one of the many things we’re looking forward to as we wait for the fourth installment.
We already know that the music considered for the Paramount Network series is carefully curated. It provides another backdrop for the modern-day western drama and plays a major role in setting the tone of the scenes.
Music is a big part of the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan’s writing process. We believe that the same theme of music will be carried out in season 4. Music supervisor Andrea von Foerster is dedicated to finding those “whiskey-drinking” songs or “outlaw country.” She believes in representing the under-represented or outsiders.
There’s no doubt in our mind that von Foerster is coming up with an epic playlist for the fourth season. However, in the meantime, here are some of our thoughts on what we’d like to hear in the next installment. Some are repeat artists, while others are new-found favorites.
Requested Country ‘Yellowstone’ Playlist
Cody Johnson & Reba McEntire’s “Dear Rodeo” is a good place to start this playlist. We can picture it now, this song plays as Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White) recovers from the accident that left him unconscious on the ground in one of the ending scenes of season 3.
Jimmy has already suffered one rodeo accident, and who knows where this one is going to leave him. Johnson and McEntire’s song has many rodeo nuances, but Johnson explains that it can relate to everyday life. Just like having to walk away and give up your one true love.
Aaron Watson – “Trying Like the Devil”
“Run Horse Run” by Charley Crockett is another given. We’ll be mad if this song doesn’t make it into season 4. There’s a train in the video (hello, an obvious nod to “Yellowstone” there), and second, he’s singing about horses. These animals are one of the main means of transportation for the Duttons. The timing of the beat matches perfectly with a horse running.
This song would pair well with maybe another reining competition or maybe some sort of “hunting someone down” scene. Like when Rip and Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) enact revenge for these targeted attacks.
Sam Riggs – “One More Chance to Stay”
Of course, we have to have a song from Kevin Costner & Modern West. “Heavy Like The Rain” puts into words what the atmosphere of the Dutton ranch can often be.
Billy Strings’ “Love Like Me” just sounds like it belongs in “Yellowstone.” Its melancholy tune could be used in a couple of different situations. First, we see it being used as maybe a first dance between Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) and Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly). Second, this song could be used during a “recovery” montage. After all, we do see a targeted attack against the Dutton family as season 3 ends.
Charley Crockett – “I Am Not Afraid”
Sturgill Simpson’s “Hobo Cartoon” would make a magnificent addition to the “Yellowstone” soundtrack. This song “Hobo Cartoon” isn’t just any old song of Simpson’s. It’s one that he wrote with the late Merle Haggard.
Haggard was obsessed with trains and Sturgill Simpson even worked on a railroad in Utah. This is another obvious reason why Simpson’s song should make the shortlist.
“Me Against the Mountain” is such a beautiful song from Ian Munsick. Just like in this video, we could see a montage of Rip and Beth’s wedding. Or this could also set the scene for Kayce and Monica’s (Kelsey Asbille) relationship in the forth-coming season.
‘Yellowstone’ Folk Music Possibilities
Brent Cobb – “This Side of The River“
Hayden Calnin’s “Warm With You” is a quintessential “Yellowstone” song. From the lyrics to the beat, everything relates to the on-scene story. This, again, could be used during a scene with Monica and Kayce. As a matter of fact, this tune could be played during this forgotten storyline between Jamie (Wes Bentley) and his girlfriend.
Gregory Alan Isakov – “Dandelion Wine”
Alexi Murdoch – “Blue Mind”
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