The “King of California” Dave Alvin and his band will perform their new song “Harlan County Line” in the opening of the new episode of FX’s critically-acclaimed series Justified on Wednesday, February 23rd at 10:00pm EST/PST (episode 3 titled “The I of the Storm”). Stream the song now for free at Soundcloud. The “Harlan County Line” single is now available for purchase on iTunes and will be included on Dave Alvin’s new studio album to be released this summer on Yep Roc Records.
Alvin, appearing in the opening of the episode, wrote and recorded the new song “Harlan County Line” specifically for the show Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. In turn, the producers wrote Alvin and the band into the script.
“I have been listening to Dave Alvin since his days with The Blasters,” said Justified Executive Producer/Writer Graham Yost. “Our star, Tim Olyphant, is also a big fan, as are executive producers Sarah Timberman and Michael Dinner. Greg Sill, our music supervisor, and I discussed ways of working Dave and his music into the show. Dave wrote ‘Harlan County Line’ for fun, sent it along and we just flipped for it. We decided to create a scene in a roadhouse where we could have him play it. In editing we saw that it worked so well we had the song continue on into the next scene. Having Dave Alvin on our show has been one of the highlights of the season.”
Dave wants to hear from his fans after his first major television appearance on Wednesday’s Justified. “Like” his official Facebook page to stay on top of the latest news on his upcoming album, tour and promotions. Then, after you watch the “Harlan County Line” episode, drop Dave a line on the page and let him know what you thought about the show and the new song. He’s looking forward to seeing his fans’ responses, and one lucky fan will win a prize pack of CDs, a Dave Alvin t-shirt and a copy of the double LP pressing of the self-titled debut from Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women.
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