As announced last month, the FX Network’s hit TV show, JUSTIFIED will include original songs by Kentucky bluegrass group, CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND. Since that announcement, the show has added additional songs from the band that will be featured on the following episodes:
Episode 4 “For Blood or Money” airing Wednesday, March 2, 2011 will feature an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified.” More info
Episode 9 “Brother’s Keeper” airing Wednesday, April 6, 2011 will feature four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.” More info
JUSTIFIED is the brainchild of Producer GRAHAM YOST who has certainly welcomed the CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND into the fold saying, “From the moment a bunch of us writers and producers heard the Cumberland River Band perform in Harlan, I thought we should somehow get them involved in the show. Their music has all the dexterity and intricacy you expect from bluegrass, but it also has an emotional drive, an urgency, that I just knew would fit well with what we’re trying to do on JUSTIFIED.”
“This music has a beauty and a diversity all onto itself. The Cumberland River Band works, because it becomes a character of the show, just like the actors, and the writers. When music works, you feel it, it doesn’t disrupt, but creates a new magic. It is the music of the Cumberland River Band and of this culture that makes it work so well with JUSTIFIED,” said Greg Sill, Music Supervisor.
Band members, JAMES DEAN, DUSTIN MIDDLETON, JAMIE STEWART and JOSEPH JONES co-wrote “Justified”; JAMES DEAN penned “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” and “My Dad”; and GERALD JONES composed “Kentucky Mountain Home.” All five songs can be heard on their debut album, ROCK ISLAND EXPRESS that was released last year. They are currently in the studio with producer STEVE GULLEY recording their new album scheduled for release later this year.
THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS calls JUSTIFIED “the best dramatic series on TV” with THE KANSAS CITY STAR saying “excellent…Emmy-worth portrayal by TIMOTHY OLYPHANT” as the main character Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. OLYPHANT can also be seen in the new sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four. New characters have joined the show this season including the addition of JEREMY DAVIES (who played Daniel Farady on LOST), along with MARGO MARTINDALE (Hannah Montana: The Movie, and numerous TV shows including MERCY and THE RICHES.) JUSTIFIED’s second season kicked off earlier this month airing on WEDNESDAY nights on FX. Please check your local listings and visit their official website for more information.
The CUMBERLAND RIVER BAND includes the talents of JAMES DEAN, JOEY JONES, JAMIE STEWART, DUSTIN MIDDLETON, ANDY BUCKNER, and GERALD JONES. For MEDIA & RADIO inquires for The Cumberland River Band, please contact Hope River Entertainment.
For more information on FX’s JUSTIFIED, please visit www.fxnetworks.com