2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘American Rust’ Season 1

American Rust Soundtrack - Every Song in the Showtime Series

The American Rust soundtrack includes music by Eminem, Steve Earle and Waxahatchee. This info article contains spoilers for the Showtime series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Based on Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel, American Rust explores a murder mystery in small town Pennsylvania. Local cop Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) pursues a romance with Grace Poe (Maura Tierney), and then discovers that the woman’s son, Billy (Alex Neustaedter), might’ve killed a former police officer. Composer Marty Beller (In Treatment) scored the first eight episodes, while music supervisor Anthony Roman (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) selected the mainstream tracks. Here’s every featured song in American Rust season 1.

American Rust Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Mill”

American Rust Soundtrack on Showtime

  • “Untitled” by Eminem: (00:05:00): Billy chills out on his porch. The chaotic lyrics correlate with the character’s intense memories of a sexual encounter with his former girlfriend, Lee (Julia Mayorga). During the American Rust soundtrack song, Lee’s brother Isaac (David Alvarez) shows up and teases Billy about being too broke to afford Spotify.
  • “The Galway Girl” by Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle: (00:56:00): In a flashback scene, Virgil (Mark Pellegrino) dances at home for his wife, Grace. He snaps his fingers and rocks out, presumably to celebrate Billy’s freedom after a court hearing. The song fades when Del arrives and offers to cook Grace dinner.
  • “The Eye” by Waxahatchee: (01:02:00): Del discovers the body of Pete Novick (Jim True-Frost). He then hides Billy’s letterman jacket before investigators arrive. The American Rust soundtrack song plays over the end credits; the lyrics align with the “heavy weight” carried by Del.

American Rust airs weekly on Showtime through Halloween 2021. New episodes premiere every Sunday. This article about the American Rust soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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