Charlie Daniels Pens Original Song for 'Hell on Wheels'

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September 5th, 2013


via press release:







NEW YORK/TORONTO September 5, 2013 – AMC Network and Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that legendary country singer Charlie Daniels composed an original song for the western series, “Hell on Wheels,” which is produced by eOne and currently airing its third season on AMC.


Written for the episode “One Less Mule,”  airing on Saturday, September 7 at 9:00PM ET, the instrumental piece, titled “Hell on Strings,” will be featured in a scene with Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and Louise Ellison (Jennifer Ferrin) as they dance a Texas two-step together at the local saloon.  Daniels signed on for the assignment after striking up a Twitter friendship with star, Anson Mount, and telling him he was a fan of the series.


“I sent him a complimentary Tweet saying how much I enjoyed the show and we started going back and forth a little and then he asked me if I’d be willing to write a song for the show,” recalled Daniels.  “It’s about my favorite television show right now, so I said sure, what do you want?”


“In the world of country music, Charlie Daniels is one of the grand royalty,” said Mount.  “It’s a hell of a track and works great for the scene, and I’m touched and thrilled that Charlie would do this for us and that he’s a fan of the show.”


Celebrated for his contributions to country and southern rock music, Charlie Daniels’ 1979 signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” topped both country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim. In 2008, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry followed by the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. During his 50-year career, Daniels has scored hits on the rock, country, pop and Christian charts and counts awards from the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), TNN/Music City News Awards, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) among his many accolades.


“Hell on Wheels” is executive produced by showrunner John Wirth (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Falling Skies,” “The Cape”), Mark Richard (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Huff”) and Jeremy Gold, head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios.  Season three premiered on August 10, and lands in the year 1867, the third year of the building of the transcontinental railroad. Cullen Bohannon (Mount) leaves his vengeance-seeking behind and invests in the new American landscape- the beginnings of big business, big religion, and the new role of Wall Street in the White House.  Bohannon must contend with racism, greed and murder as he single-mindedly leads the Union Pacific in its race across the country against the Central Pacific Railroad.  The high stakes corporate race, the environmental costs and degradation of the native peoples' way of life are themes that resonate deeply in today's America.  The series also stars Colm Meaney as Thomas “Doc” Durant, and Common as emancipated slave, Elam Ferguson.


  • merrrranga

    is the song about how the show sucks now?

  • JacobYates

    The show does not suck now. If it did, it wouldn’t be getting 2+ million viewers and .4-.5 ratings on a Saturday night. Plus, critics like it more now than they did before. Your argument is invalid, hater.

  • Karen Stiles

    Actually, “JacobYates”… the show DOES suck now. It’s also sucked since Season 1, but who’s counting? :)

    And you’re not telling the whole truth about the show’s dismal ratings. It pulled a .3 in the demo last week, and a 1.88 overall the week prior to that. Those are pathetic, cancellation-worthy numbers. Deal with it.

    Another reason AMC has buried this show is because the audience seems to be largely over 65+. Judging from the amount of adult diaper and catheter ads during the show — at least here in Missouri — the show does not appeal to any sort of desirable demographic.

    Turns out YOUR argument is “invalid.” Better luck next time.

  • merrranga

    not an argument. just an opinion. i’ve neve been much for westerns but i really loved the direction this was going. so in true AMC fashion they fired the creators. the new one, now replacing the old new one who quit, decided to completely change the focus of a great show. too bad.

    i have a strong fear The Walking Dead is following the same path…
    my only saving hope is that TWD’s new showrunner directed my favorite episode “Clear”, *crosses fingers*

  • JacobYates

    @Karen Stiles
    Hell on Wheels ratings so far:
    EP1/EP2:.5 18-49; 2.5 million viewers
    EP3: .5 18-49; 1.8 million viewers
    EP4: .3 18-49; 2.0 million viewers
    EP5: .4 18-49; 2.2 million viewers

    Those are good numbers for cable on a SATURDAY! Pitiful any other day of the week maybe, but not a Saturday. It never pulled a 1.8 rating in the demo. If you hate the show so much then why are you watchung. There are no “adult diaper” ads during the show meaning that you hate the show for no reason and have not watched it recently. If you had, you’d know the show doesn’t have adult diaper or catheter ads. Don’t watch the show if you hate it. Simple.

  • JacobYates

    When it’s renewed, I expect an apology.

  • So…

    Jacob Yates, can I ask your source for ratings? I’ve been using Futon Critic but didn’t see a listing for episode 5 last week. Would love to see the numbers with the +3 DVR viewing included.

  • Karen Stiles


    Wow, you’re so full of crap, it’s starting to stink!

    Here’s the deal on ratings: The overalls don’t count. ONLY THE KEY DEMO (18-49) COUNTS.

    So the trajectory is .5, .5, .3… and then? Where are you pulling the .4 rating from? Oh, wait: let me guess.

    As for those ads: I live in Kansas City, MO. A major market for this show. The commercials during HOW are mostly for adult diapers, catheters, and “we buy gold” scams. That’s the kind of demo that watches this show.

    Seriously, have you no shame?

  • JacobYates

    @Karen Stiles
    Go to the Sunday cable ratings and look for the post by dendu. That’s where I got the .4 from. I don’t know for sure if that’s accurate, so I’ll ask Nick to post the ratings for the episode on Tuesday, but I did not just pull the .4 from my ass.

    I’m well aware the overall viewers don’t count. I just posted them since I figured you might find them useful. And you’re criticizing me for posting the overall viewers when you used the fact that it only pulled in 1.8 million viewers one night as an argument? Don’t be a hypocrite.

    “It pulled a .3 in the demo last week, and a 1.88 overall the week prior to that.”

    Then you followed that argument with this:

    “Here’s the deal on ratings: The overalls don’t count. ONLY THE KEY DEMO (18-49) COUNTS.”

    But you just said the overalls don’t count. So why are you mad that I pointed them out.

    Though you’ll probably pull out the cowboy jokes for this, but I live in Texas and the ads down here are not the adult diaper ads you speak of.

  • JacobYates

    Too afraid to reply?

  • Burt

    Screw the haters, Hell on Wheels is a decent show that has gotten better in Season 3.

    I think a lot of people expected some sort of Deadwood to come out of this, and are pissed because the quality isn’t anywhere near as godly.

    It’s an entertaining show with an entertaining setting. I’m hoping for a S4!

  • BOB


  • Lew

    John Wirth appears to have some personal axe to grind against Mormons as he attempts to rewrite Union Pacific Railroad History to turn Mormons into obstructionists, bullies and fools. In reality, more than 8,000 Mormon men worked to lay track during the 3 year construction between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Promontory Point, Utah. Mormon stone masons helped to carve out mountain passes and as Mormon carpenters worked to build bridges and trestles. About 1800 Mormon immigrants traveled the rails to the moving rail head that the Mormons themselves named as “Hell on Wheels.” There, they met well-equipped wagon trains ready to transport them to Utah in batches of about 300 per 30-40 wagons. Mormons did more than any group to ensure the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, but most Mormons never got paid, because cheating Mormons was considered “good business” back then, even by the Government. Thus, no part of Season 3 involving Mormons is true to any part of real History.

  • Farrah

    Love the show!!Hoping for season 4!

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