LISTEN: ‘Yellowstone’ Star Luke Grimes Releases New Song “Playin’ On The Tracks”

“It started with a mood. We were trying to capture the outlaw spirit of a sort of rambler. Once we got going, it sort of fell out. I love the shoot-from-the-hip attitude of this song,” Grimes explained.

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Posted on June 5, 2023

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After releasing a handful of country tunes, Luke Grimes is proving he has some serious staying power with a brand-new song called “Playin’ On The Tracks,” out ​​via Mercury Nashville / Range Music.

Written with Brent Cobb and produced by Dave Cobb, “Playin’ On The Tracks” is a guitar-driven song that likens to the Outlaw subgenre of country music. A laid-back melody plays underneath Grimes’ effortless distinctive rasp vocals as he sings about moving forward despite any regrets he may have about the past. 

Try to keep my mind on the present time / My pride on the task at hand / If I let it slip too far behind / I might start not givin’ a damn / I throw a lot of irons in the fire / Keep my heart from getting cold / Ain’t none of us ever gettin’ any younger / All we ever gonna do is get old,” Grimes sings the first verse before heading into the chorus. “No, I never grow up / I’ll never slow down / If you can’t hear the train whistle / Listen up, ’cause it’s leavin’ town.”

Listen To Luke Grimes’ New Song “Playin’ On The Tracks” Below

Grimes shared how the track came about in a press release, saying, “This song was my first co-write with the very talented Brent Cobb, and I realized pretty quickly that he was going to be a big part of my musical journey. With ‘Playin’ On The Tracks,’ it started with a mood. We were trying to capture the outlaw spirit of a sort of rambler. Once we got going, it sort of fell out. I love the shoot-from-the-hip attitude of this song.”

Follows Release Of “Hold On,” “Oh Ohio,” And His Debut Single “No Horse To Ride”

“Playin’ On The Tracks” follows Grimes’ recent single, “Hold On,” second release “Oh Ohio,” and debut single, “No Horse To Ride,” all of which set the scene for his major label debut album, which he is currently working on completing.

A personal tune, “Oh Ohio” arrived in the wake of the aftermath of the tragic train derailment that occurred earlier this year in East Palestine, Ohio. A native of the state, Grimes had spoken of his love for the people who reside there and took action to help victims recover from the horrific event.   

“‘Oh Ohio’ is a very dear one to my heart. If you feel like helping some good people out there will be a t-shirt available in the coming days on the website, with 100% of the proceeds going to help the families in East Palestine. Much love and more soon,” Grimes captioned on Instagram. 

Along with that, Grimes also teamed with the Jeff Ruby family, who owns and operates steakhouses in Ohio, to distribute 250 water filtration systems to families in East Palestine.

Before venturing into country music, Grimes was most-known for playing the role of Kayce Dutton on the popular television series Yellowstone. Although already a successful actor, he has always enjoyed playing music and got his start singing in church as the son of a Pentecostal pastor. When Grimes isn’t on set, he is putting pen to paper, collaborating with some of Nashville’s most elite songwriters, including Jonathan Singleton, Tony Lane, Randy Montana, Cobb, Jamey Johnson, Love Junkies, Josh Osborne, Jon Randall, and Jessie Alexander.

Luke Grimes; Photo Courtesy of Facebook
Luke Grimes; Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Fans can look for Grimes on the stage this summer as he is scheduled to perform for the first time at Spotify House at Ole Red at CMA Fest 2023 in Nashville, Tenn. His performance takes place on Saturday (June 10). He will follow that show with a free-to-the-public headlining set at “Music is Universal 2023” at the Skydeck at Fifth + Broadway. 

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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