Artist Spotlight: Colter Wall tops Billboard’s Top TV Song Chart

This month’s artist spotlight is on Western Canadian songwriter and weathered baritone Colter Wall. Colter Wall was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he later attended Swift Current Comprehensive High School and graduated in 2013. He made demos of his songs while he was a student at the University of Saskatchewan before taking a break from his studies in 2015 to focus on his music career. In June of the same year, Wall released his first EP, Imaginary Appalachia, and has been making moody, atmospheric Western music ever since. 

Colter topped Billboard’s October top TV songs chart with a placement in Apple TV’s black comedy series Bad Sisters. The season 1 finale of the Irish dramedy is plot-heavy and features a folksy and earnest soundscape. Colter’s elegant twang makes the climatic and emotional scene feel more tangible and grounded. In what some critics call a perfectly cast series, ‘Sleeping on the Blacktop’ feels like a welcome character addition to the series narrative. The track currently boasts over 125 million streams on Spotify and has been placed in multiple popular TV series in the last few years.

The placement in Bad Sisters isn’t the first time that ‘Sleeping on the Blacktop’ has trended on Tunefind. The stand-out track received another notable sync placement in last year’s season of the Paramount+ fan-favorite series Yellowstone. It’s somewhat rare to have a sync playing in a cold opening-style montage where there is no dialogue or ambient sound for the song’s entire duration, and this placement feels like a true ode to the marriage of sound and picture. After the episode aired, ‘Sleeping on the Blacktop’ was Tunefind’s Top TV Song the week of November 24th, 2021, and also placed 2nd on Billboard’s top TV songs chart in November of last year.

Wall recorded his seven-song EP, Imaginary Appalachia, in 2015 and describes his music as a blend of blues, folk, and Americana. The EP features songs with a deep, gruff voice and acoustic guitar. ‘Sleeping on the Blacktop’ highlights Colter Wall’s weathered tone combined with hard-living lyrics. Imaginary Appalachia evokes the sounds of Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, making Wall a gift to the genre of outlaw country.

These songs are punchier than I am.” – Colter Wall

Colter Wall released his third studio album, Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs in August of 2020. Wall’s most recent addition to his discography picks up where his last album left off and is a haunting ode to the themes and labors of western life where he expresses a reverence for his working cowboy kin. Speaking about the album, Wall said, “these songs are punchier than I am.” 

Colter has live shows scheduled for early 2023 where fans can see him perform throughout January and February. His January shows have already sold out and pre-sales for the February shows start Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 at 10 AM CST. In addition to his placements in Bad Sisters and Yellowstone, Wall has received placements in movies and TV series such as The Outer Range, The Peripheral, and The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Apple TV has renewed Bad Sisters for a second season, with the air date to be determined. In the meantime, check out Bad Sisters on Tunefind to find more of its original soundtrack.

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