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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Outer Range’

Outer Range Soundtrack - Every Song in the Amazon Series

The Outer Range soundtrack includes music by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. This info article contains spoilers for Brian Watkins’s Amazon series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Outer Range stars Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott, a Wyoming rancher who discovers a massive hole on his property. Imogen Poots co-stars as Autumn, a woman who camps on the Abbott family’s land and senses supernatural activity. The storyline follows Royal as he feuds with neighbors and struggles with an existential crisis, one that connects to “a great void” on his ranch. Composers Danny Bensi (Ozark) and Saunder Jurriaans (Ozark) scored the Amazon series; music supervisor Gabe Hilfer (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Outer Range.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Void”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” by Dolly Parton (00:04): Royal rides a horse. He gazes at the horizon and listens. The Outer Range soundtrack song plays as Cecelia (Lili Taylor) cooks breakfast for Rhett (Lewis Pullman), Perry (Tom Pelphrey) and Amy (Olive Abercrombie).
  • “How Firm a Foundation” by John Rippon (00:06): Royal’s family leaves for church. Cecelia sings at the service during a transition sequence. Royal reads in the back of the room.
  • “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” by Colter Wall (00:15): Royal allows Autumn to camp on his ranch. The music kicks in as the Tillerson siblings ride four-wheelers. Luke Tillerson (Shaun Sipos) informs Royal about a legal issue with their land.
  • “Avalanche” by Leonard Cohen (00:24): The Outer Range soundtrack song scores an outdoors sequence. Royal roams his property on a horse. He stares at a mysterious hole and tries to understand it.
  • “C’est La Vie (You Can Never Tell)” by Emmylou Harris (00:29): Rhett and Perry visit a bar. They talk about risks and regrets. Perry spots his brother’s ex-girlfriend, Maria (Isabel Arraiza).
  • “Cry, Cry, Cry” by Johnny Cash (00:36): Rhett catches up with Maria. He sees Perry in trouble outside. The track scores a fight scene between Rhett and Trevor Tillerson (Matt Lauria).
  • “Idiot Wind” by Bob Dylan (00:54): Autumn confronts Royal. She pushes him into the massive hole on his property. The Outer Range soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “The Land”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp (00:06): Royal dips his bloody finger in water. The Outer Range soundtrack song continues as Joy (Tamara Podemski) leaves home. She drives through town and prepares to investigate Trevor’s disappearance.
  • “I’ll Pretend” by Glenn Morris (00:10): Rhett meets Maria at a diner for breakfast. He learns about a rodeo opportunity. The characters agree to have dinner together.
  • “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston (00:17): Royal visits the Tillerson ranch. He hears someone singing. Billy performs to himself in a mirror.
  • “My Prayer” by The Platters (00:31): Royal decides to re-locate his cattle. The Outer Range soundtrack song accompanies a migration scene. Royal ropes a bull near the mystery hole.
  • “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones (00:40): Royal emerges from the hole in a future timeline. He learns that he died two years prior. The track scores the episode’s final moments and continues during the end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “The Time”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Indian Love Call” by Slim Whitman (00:07): Joy says that “Trudy” is “a damn girl’s name.” The Outer Range soundtrack song continues during a transition sequence. Luke and Billy talk with Wayne about Trevor’s disappearance.
  • “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar (00:11): Autumn walks on the side of a highway. She listens to music via headphones. The song drops as a pharmacist welcomes Autumn to a store.
  • “Dead Flowers” by Townes Van Zandt (00:12): Autumn enters The Handsome Gambler. She meets Perry for the first time. Autumn talks about finding light in a dark room.
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac (00:16): Noah gives Amy a ride. He hums a song and begins singing.
  • “Bad Ju-Ju” by The Owsley Brothers (00:20): The Outer Range soundtrack song scores a rodeo sequence. Royal talks to Rhett about Maria. Joy arrives and acknowledges “two generations of Amelia County rodeo greats.” The music also plays during a bar scene at 24:00.
  • “Mama’s Got the Blues” by Denney and The Jets (00:23): Rhett prepares to ride. A bull snorts. Joy watches Rhett after linking him to Trevor’s death.
  • “The Man” by Lee Hazlewood (00:41): The music scores a montage. Royal walks away from Autumn. Amy discovers Trevor’s body. Joy realizes that a key piece of evidence is missing.
  • “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” by Reverend Gary Davis (00:43): The Outer Range soundtrack song plays during the end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “The Loss”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “It Must Be Him” by Vicki Carr (00:00): The Outer Range soundtrack song plays during an opening flashback sequence. Wayne smokes and groans. An employee brings him a rock from the Abbott’s west pasture.
  • “Big Rock Candy Mountain” by Burl Ives (00:04): Joy drives with Royal to a mountain. They locate Trevor’s body.
  • “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton (00:15): Billy sings while preparing a meal. Luke gets annoyed and asks him to stop. The recorded version of the song plays as Joy arrives with bad news about Trevor.
  • “Home on the Range” by Bing Crosby (00:34): Wayne argues with Patricia (Deirdre O’Connell). He asks her to pick up a rock. Wayne sings the famous Old West song.
  • “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel (00:40): Billy sings at Trevor’s funeral. A local man raises his eyebrows. Billy shows off his falsetto.
  • “You Better Take It” by Rick Johnson (00:46): Royal speaks with Joy. The Outer Range soundtrack song plays lightly during a bar sequence. Karl P. Cleaver (Kevin Chamberlain) speaks with Cecilia.
  • “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen (00:47): Royal hears Autumn’s voice in a bar. He walks through a hallway and enters a gambling room. Autumn collects her poker winnings.
  • “Mathilde” by Scott Walker (00:59): Wayne knocks out Royal with a mystery rock. The music sets in as he drives away and hollers. “Mathilde” scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “The Soil”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “2020” by Suuns (00:01): The Outer Range soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Wayne punches Royal and drives away. “I’m a winner,” he says to himself.
  • “Your Sweet Love” by Lee Hazlewood (00:03): Royal falls during a stylized sequence. He raises his hands and looks to the sky. Royal has visions of Trevor and Autumn.
  • “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” by Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston and His Orchestra (00:17): Cecilia speaks with Kathy (Beth Bailey). She receives an invite to visit the Tillerson home. The music drops as Patricia wakes up.
  • “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison (00:21): Billy sings to Wayne. He performs the 1988 hit. The recorded version of the Outer Range soundtrack song plays as Billy speaks to a healthier Wayne.
  • “Dirt” by Anesthesia (00:30): Perry speaks with Autumn. He recommends a bar. A band performs the song.
  • “Go Down River” by The Heavy Heavy (00:31): Rhett orders a whiskey and a beer. The bartender inquires about a rodeo event. Rhett spots Maria across the room.
  • “Casey’s Last Ride” by Kris Kristofferson (00:39): The Outer Range soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “The Family”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (00:03): Royal walks away from Autumn. The Outer Range soundtrack song plays as he drives away. “Don’t leave me here!” Autumn screams.
  • “Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando & Dawn (00:22): The music scores a road trip sequence. Karl drives in his vehicle.  He drinks a can of soda and crashes after spotting a buffalo.
  • “Cattle Call” by Eddy Arnold (00:29): Perry meets with Autumn. The music plays from a diner’s stereo system. Perry and Autumn talk about Royal.
  • “High on a Rocky Ledge” by Moondog (00:38): Amy looks to the sky. A police vehicle approaches. The Outer Range soundtrack song accompanies the end credits.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Unknown”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Toxic” by Britney Spears (00:01): Royal visits an arcade with his kids. The 2003 hit plays through the stereo system. “Toxic” drops as Royal looks for Young Perry.
  • “Here She Comes” by Rosa Maria (00:16): The Outer Range soundtrack song plays at The Handsome Gambler. Autumn enters the bar and speaks with Rhett. She learns that Perry was arrested for killing Trevor.
  • “Sky High” by Humming House (00:17): Joy visits a diner with her family. The music plays softly in the establishment. Frank (Barry Del Sharman) congratulates Joy for arresting Perry.
  • “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos (00:21): Billy stands outside Autumn’s motel room. The characters discuss the Abbott family’s land. Billy tells Autumn about a vision.

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Outer Range Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “The West”

Outer Range Soundtrack on Amazon - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Requiem, Grande messe des morts, Op. 5: Hostias” by Hector Berlioz, Michael Schade (00:02): Royal narrates about grace. The orchestral music scores a stylized sequence. Royal muses about religion and his childhood.
  • “Save the Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams (00:15): The Outer Range soundtrack song accompanies a bank scene. Autumn paces back and forth as Maria watches. The 1991 hit plays through the stereo system.
  • “Seek & Destroy” by Metallica (00:20): Royal arrives at a rodeo. A tracking shot follows him through the grounds. The music fades as Rhett begins a competition.
  • “Grande messe des morts, Op. 5, “Requiem”: Agnus Dei” by Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Noel Edison, Michael Schade, Elora Festival Orchestra (00:50): A kitchen table tips at the Abbott home. Royal and Cecilia gaze at each other. A slow cooker shakes as the season ends.
  • “Jesus Was a Cross Maker” by Cass Elliot (00:51): The Outer Range soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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