Cumberland River on Justified tonight

We’ve posted a few times about the FX original program Justified, and the bluegrass-tinged music they use during the show’s soundtrack.

It started with Rench, a hip hop artist who (as Ganstagrass) incorporates bluegrass elements in his music beds. He landed a track on the show, and wrote/produced the show’s theme song.

Now, Kentucky bluegrass boys Cumberland River will see five songs from their 2010 album, Rock Island Express, featured in this week’s edition of Justified. The show airs tonight (4/6) on the FX network at 10:00 p.m. (EDT).

The band came to the attention of the show’s producers last summer while this current season was being filmed on location in Harlan County, KY. After angling an opportunity to perform for members of the production company, they quickly wrote a song called Justified that paid tribute to the hard scrabble, coal mining folks pictured in the program.

The song ended up being used earlier this year as the opening theme, and is now available for purchase online.

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Cumberland River is currently finishing up a new CD, with Steve Gulley producing, that is set for release later this year on Rural Rhythm. Gulley says that the guys are cut from the same cloth as the gritty characters on Justified.

“They are real mountain men with a story to tell and a unique, special way of telling it. If you’re looking for pure, honest music full of unabashed emotion, look no further. You’ve found it! Cumberland River is raw emotion personified.”

Check out the show tonight for a chance to hear Cumberland River on TV.

And if that isn’t enough of a bluegrass vibe for the show, consider this: one of the main characters, Boyd Clement, is played by Walton Goggins, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Barry Bales, bass player with Alison Krauss & Union Station.

What’s not to love?

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