Since it first aired, Yellowstone has irreversibly blurred the lines between country music and the world of film and TV. One of the biggest stars from the neo-Western drama is taking this a step further.
Luke Grimes, who is known for playing Yellowstone fan-favourite, Kayce Dutton, has signed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. His first single, ‘No Horse To Ride’, is set to drop on Friday, December 16. The song was co-written by Grimes with two of Nashville's heavy-hitters, Jonathan Singleton and Tony Lane.
Earlier this week, Grimes posted a snippet of the new track to his socials. Accompanied by the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar and the faint, ethereal cry of a steel guitar, the Ohio native croons softly about his love (“I'd have to borrow from the Devil just to pay my dues, I'd have nothing worth having if I didn't have you”).
The clip features a sparse, traditional-leaning arrangement that has a Zach Bryan-esque feel to it initially, before Grimes' husky vocals introduce more of an Old West atmosphere.
As Universal Music Group Nashville unveiled their latest signing, the label's president, Cindy Mabe, celebrated the role that Grimes has played in bringing classic Western ideals back into the mainstream.
Mabe explained, "As an actor, Luke Grimes has effortlessly brought the cowboy lifestyle to the forefront of American culture. As a country music artist, Luke has tapped into that same honesty and authenticity to capture a raw grit and pure depth of artistry that will expand the sound and reach of country music. We are so excited and proud to welcome Luke Grimes to Universal Music Group Nashville”.
As well as being a prominent feature of Yellowstone, Grimes has also appeared in a number of blockbuster films, including American Sniper, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Magnificent Seven.
While Grimes' country music career remains somewhat of an unknown quantity for the time being, one thing's for certain - ‘No Horse To Ride’ would fit seamlessly onto the Yellowstone soundtrack.
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