The captivating plot in Season 5 of “Yellowstone” continues to thicken.
Episode 7 of the western-drama aired Sunday (Dec. 18) evening and began with a chilling flashback of a murder involving Rip Wheeler [Cole Hauser], Beth Dutton’s [Kelly Reilly] loving husband.
Following the tragic memory – Taylor Sheridan cuts back to reality, where the Yellowstone Ranch may be in financial trouble after discovering that their cattle could be affected by a bacterial infection. John Dutton [Kevin Costner] and his right-hand man, Rip are forced to change their business strategy, which requires multiple cowboys to make a massive move to a land down south. The sudden decision wrecks the romance between Abby [Lainey Wilson] and bunkhouse boy Ryan [Ian Bohen].
Zach Bryan and the country-folk group Flatland Cavalry make an unexpected appearance during the roller coaster-like episode that includes a legal battle involving Market Equities. Flatland Cavalry’s “Mountain Song” is featured at the beginning of the episode, before Monica [Kelsey Asbille] and Beth have an intimate conversation about the weight that goes along with losing a child.
“Mountain Song” was penned by the band’s frontman Cleto Cordero alongside close friend Stephen Constancio. The imagery-heavy ballad lives on their 2022 EP “Songs To Keep You Warm” and was inspired by the picturesque vistas of the Pacific Northwest. The Texas-based band exclusively told CMT that they waited nearly five years to record it.
“It’s a song we’ve had for a while that we just recorded at The Bunker [the Texas recording studio]. It was inspired by a mountain town. I grew up in West Texas, and we started out in a place where there were no terrains and really no hills – nothing,” said Cordero. “We went to Red River, New Mexico, several years ago. I remember being moved by the countryside and everything. So, the song is about being out in the mountains and feeling that kind of feature and the peace it brings.”
Although Flatland Cavalry did not make a physical appearance on the show, the military veteran turned country hitmaker Zach Bryan performed during the last scene. Before Rip leaves Montana to follow through with Dutton’s plan of action, he brings Beth and Carter to the county fair. The GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter served as the entertainer for the family-friendly event and delivered his chart-topping tracks “Motorcycle Drive By,” “Quittin’ Time,” and “Summertime Blues.”
The three songs were pulled from Bryan’s latest EP, which followed his whopping 34-song album “American Heartbreak.” This is far from the first time Bryan has been featured on the hit television series, as his chart-climbing hit “Whiskey Fever” and “The Good I’ll Do” has already been used in Season 5. In 2020 Bryan’s song “Condemned” was featured in Season 3.
Following his captivating cameo, the Oklahoma native turned to social media to express his gratitude for the opportunity.
“Thank you so, so incredibly much for having the boys and me, @yellowstone,” Bryan wrote on Twitter. “Humbles and honored and don’t know what I did to deserve it,” he added.
The “Yellowstone” universe quickly responded and praised the crooner for his unmatched talents and recognizable sound.
“Once I heard ‘Motorcycle Drive By’ I was like, ‘hell yeah another Zach Bryan song on ‘Yellowstone.’’ But once I saw you actually on the show, I lost my mind!! So proud of you man,” shared a follower. “You were real and raw. You have impacted so many people’s lives just by your beautiful art. That’s why,” said a fan referring to Bryan’s open-ended tweet.
The music-packed episode ended with Jamie Dutton [Wes Bentley] strategically planning his approach to impeach his “father” from office. “Yellowstone” will skip a week due to the holiday on Dec. 25. The next episode will air on January 1, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Paramount Network.
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