Longtime roots rocker Dave Alvin is a fan of the FX series “Justified,” and producers couldn’t be happier. After he sent them a new song titled “Harlan County Line,”inspired by Kentucky hill country where the show is set, they wrote him into the opening of this Wednesday’s episode. Alvin and his band will perform “Harlan County Line” in the opening scene.
“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.”