If you are into Netflix, you have probably heard about “The Ranch.” It is a TV series that centers the Bennett clan. Colt Bennett, played by Ashton, is a former high school football star. His father Colt Bennet, played by Sam Elliot, is an exemplary modern cowboy who runs a ranch in Colorado. Debra winger is the matriarch “Maggie” and Danny Masterson from That 70s Show is Rooster, Colt’s brother.
As I have written a few days ago, the opening credits’ song of the series is a cover of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by famous sons Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings. That, for one, is already a great song to start the series. It is also suitable to the show’s main theme that revolves around kin folks and cowboys.
The rest of the musical selections definitely deserve recognition as well. The Ranch favors roots-minded artists to classic standards and modern pop-country. Audience of the show also heard legendary Patsy Cline and Luke Bryan.
“Cows Around” by Corb Lund (Season 1, Episode 1)
This song commemorates Colt’s return to the family ranch. It falls somewhere between Dwight Yoakam and Lund’s fellow Canadian Hank Snow on the roots spectrum.
“Family is Family” by Kacey Musgraves (Season 1, Episode 2)
Musgraves has the perfect lighthearted song to back the Bennett clan’s dysfunctional home life. Although she’s hardly an unknown commodity.
“Weed Instead of Roses” by Ashley Monroe (Season 1, Episode 10)
Fair or not, the Pistol Annies get perceived as a Miranda Lambert side project. Her two cohorts are great performers in their own right, evidenced by Monroe’s solo selections and Angaleena Presley’s mind-blowing 2017 album Wrangled.
“The Trouble With Drinkin’” by Aaron Lee Tasjan (Season 1, Episode 13)
This is a rugged take on hard living comes courtesy of a rising roots musician Aaron Lee Tasjan and its Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ understudy.
“Slippin’” by Amanda Shires (Season 1, Episode 19)
Even if viewers aren’t up to speed on Shires’ solo output, she should at least sound comfortably familiar to most due to her work with the Texas-born Thrift Store Cowboys and of course her husband, Jason Isbell.
“My Church” by Maren Morris (Season 2, Episode 2)
This song is hardly a hidden gem, considering it won a Grammy. Still, this truly great country song likely gets overlooked by roots fans with little interest in commercial radio playlists.
“Dirt On My Boots” by Jon Pardi (Season 2, Episode 5)
I guess any Ashton Kutcher character comes across as a guy who just wants to party all night. Guys with that mindset and good musical taste surely have a go-to jam or two on Pardi’s breakthrough album California Sunrise.
“I’m Not the Devil” by Cody Jinks (Season 2, Episode 7)
Who better to pair with the TV series’ theme song than a young artist who’s among the closest things we have to the elder Nelson and Jennings, singing his own “Trouble Man?”
To be honest, The Ranch is not that great of a show but at least it has a great soundtrack. What do you think?