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" today, Wednesday, February 23rd, at 10:00pm EST/PST (episode 3 titled "The I of the Storm"). 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. Click HERE to preview the entire track online.
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."