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6 Yellowstone Actors Who Are Singers in Real Life

6 Yellowstone Actors Who Are Singers in Real Life

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While Yellowstone has an amazing soundtrack each season, it’s not strictly a music show. That is, characters don’t burst into song, and the plot revolves around ranchers, not singers.

However, it might surprise fans to learn that a few cast members from Yellowstone and its spin-offs have major music careers outside of acting. There are also two surprising musicians on the list as well.

Keep reading to find out who’s got pipes on Yellowstone!

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner & Modern West singing the song 'Heavy Like The Rain'

Although most famous as an actor, Kevin Costner is also an accomplished country singer. He formed the band Kevin Costner & Modern West in 2007.

The band initially toured around the world in October, 2007. They then released their first album Untold Truths on November 11, 2008. They released a second album in 2010 called Turn It On and did another tour.

In 2012, Costner and his band performed at the 20th annual Telus World Skins Game in Nova Scotia.

Finally, Kevin Costner actually wrote an album specifically for Yellowstone in 2020. Tales From Yellowstone is a concept album from the perspective of Costner’s character John Dutton. Season 3 of Yellowstone featured some of the songs from the album.

And that’s not the first time Kevin Costner created a concept album. In 2012, he released Famous For Killing Each Other, based on the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

Watch him talk about his music and perform “The Sun Will Rise Again” below:

Luke Grimes

Yellowstone actor and country singer Luke Grimes at a TV show awards evening
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Luke Grimes is a recent addition to the country music charts, releasing his first EP in October 2023.

Pain Pills or Pews features eight original songs, and the single from the album, “No Horse to Ride” was featured in the mid-season finale of Yellowstone.

In fact, it was because of Yellowstone that Grimes broke into the music industry. Range Media’s Matt Graham liked Grimes on the show and reached out to him after he learned that Grimes also played music.

“I started sending him a few work tapes of things I had worked on,” Grimes told Billboard, “but we talked about music for two years before I did anything.”

He also took inspiration from another Yellowstone cast member: Lainey Wilson, who plays Abby. Lainey is first and foremost a country singer, so Lainey stepping into acting was “inspiring to watch,” said Grimes.

“As much as I was afraid that people would naturally be like, ‘What is this guy doing here?’ I realized that no one on our set was like, ‘What is she doing here?’ Everyone was like, ‘She’s awesome and we’re glad she wants to do this.’ That took some of the fear away for me.”

Lainey Wilson

Singer and actress Lainey Wilson at the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena
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Lainey Wilson starred as Abby in season 5 of Yellowstone, but she’s been singing on the soundtrack since 2019.

Her self-titled debut album from 2018 featured “Workin’ Overtime” which then appeared in season 2 of Yellowstone. That album led to three more: Tougher (2016), Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ (2021), and Bell Bottom Country (2022). Two songs from her third album also appeared in season 3 of Yellowstone.

And in 2022, Lainey Wilson herself joined the cast of Yellowstone. She wrote two more songs that appeared in season 5 of the show: “Smell Like Smoke” and “New Friends.” These songs were added to the digital and streaming versions of Bell Bottom Country.

Tim McGraw

Country singer Tim McGraw performs at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on October 23, 2009
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Tim McGraw was a huge country star in the 90s but broke into acting in the 2004 movies Black Cloud and Friday Night Lights.

While he only appeared in two episodes of the original Yellowstone show, Tim McGraw has a prominent role in the spin-off series 1883 as James Dutton, the great-great-grandfather of Kevin Costner’s character.

But long before his acting career, McGraw was smashing the country charts with hits like “It’s Your Love,” “Just To See You Smile,” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”

In his music career, Tim McGraw has been nominated for 20 Grammys and won three, along with several other music awards from CMT, Billboard, and the American Music Awards.

His 2001 hit “The Cowboy in Me” got a revamped version for Yellowstone season 4.

Faith Hill

Country star Faith Hill on stage at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, for her concert in 1999
Faith Hill in 1999. Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

It’s almost impossible to mention Tim McGraw without mentioning his equally famous wife, country singer Faith Hill. She joined her husband briefly in season 4 of Yellowstone and played James Dutton’s wife, Margaret, in 1883.

In real life, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw married in 1996. By that time, Hill had already become a country superstar with her hit single “Wild One.” She was the first female country singer to hold the number one spot on Billboard’s list for four weeks straight in 30 years.

This hit was quickly followed by more, including “This Kiss,” “The Way You Love Me,” and “Breathe.” The Country Music Association Awards have nominated Faith Hill 20 times, and she’s one three times, including an award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2000.

She’s also been nominated for 17 Grammys and taking home five statues overall. Here’s her official award-winning video for “This Kiss”:

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham singing his song 'Southside Of Heaven' Live from Whitewater Amphitheater

Ryan Bingham had experience with acting long before his appearance on Yellowstone when he worked on the movie Crazy Heart (2009).

Bingham played the role of Roy in the film, but also collaborated on the country music soundtrack. In fact, he co-wrote the Academy Award-winning song “The Weary Kind” from the film.

The song also won a Golden Globe, a Grammy, a Satellite Award, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award. As for Bingham himself, he won the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association in 2010.

In 2021, Ryan Bingham was nominated as part of the cast of Yellowstone for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild.