Luke Grimes Signs Nashville Recording Contract
Yellowstone actor Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton, has signed a recording contract with Nashville’s Universal Music Group. His first single, “No Horse To Ride,” co-written by Luke, is coming out this Friday (12/16).
Grimes has made no secret of his love of music, speaking of it often in interviews over the years. The Ohio native is the son of a Pentecostal pastor. He played music in church, learning drums at church camp and then picking up guitar and piano. He later became a drummer and songwriter for a country band based in Los Angeles; however, acting pushed its way to the forefront of his career. While finding success as an actor in films including The Magnificent Seven and American Sniper, he always held onto his passion for creating music.
UMG President Cindy Mabe said of her newest act, “As an actor, Luke Grimes has effortlessly brought the cowboy lifestyle to the forefront of American culture. As a country music artist, Luke has tapped into that same honesty and authenticity to capture a raw grit and pure depth of artistry that will expand the sound and reach of country music.” She added, “We are so excited and proud to welcome Luke Grimes to Universal Music Group Nashville.”
A press release noted of the actor/musician, “Growing up with the music of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, and being inspired now by artists like Colter Wall, Ruston Kelly, Paul Cauthen, and the late Townes Van Zandt, Grimes is finding his own artist voice and style. He spends his time away from set spinning his favorite country albums and songwriting at home in Montana.”
Luke has also spent many months living in Nashville to write with some of Music Row’s best, including Jonathan Singleton, Tony Lane, Randy Montana, Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson, Love Junkies, Josh Osborne, Jon Randall, and Jessie Alexander. He is working with producer and songwriter Dave Cobb on his debut album for Range Music/Mercury Nashville.
He posted a clip of the new song to his Instagram, writing, “No Horse To Ride” 12/16.”