[09/05/13 - 07:19 AM]
Legendary Country Artist Charlie Daniels Pens Original Song for AMC's "Hell on Wheels"
The instrumental piece, titled "Hell on Strings," will be featured on this Saturday's episode.

[via press release from AMC]



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.

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About AMC:

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with "The Walking Dead." AMC's original drama series include "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead," "The Killing" and "Hell on Wheels." Its newest series, "Low Winter Sun," premiered this summer. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like "Comic Book Men," "Small Town Security," "Talking Dead," and "Freakshow." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Entertainment One:

The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. http://www.entertainmentonegroup.com/

About Endemol USA:

Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. David Goldberg is Chairman and CEO of Endemol North America. The studio produces hit series including "Big Brother" (CBS); "Wipeout" (ABC) and the syndicated daytime show "Steve Harvey." They are also known for some of the most popular non-scripted primetime programming in North America, including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Fear Factor." Endemol USA launched Endemol Studios, a scripted television studio operation, in August, 2011. Scripted series include "Hell on Wheels" (AMC) and "Low Winter Sun" (AMC). Endemol USA's subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment ("Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), Endemol Studios, 51 Minds ("Flavor of Love"), Original Media ("Swamp People") and True Entertainment ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"). Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has over 90 subsidiaries and joint ventures in over 30 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Endemol is a privately held company. For more information, please visit www.endemolusa.tv.

About Nomadic Pictures:

Nomadic Pictures is a Calgary based production Company developing, financing and producing features, MOW's and TV series. In 18 years, Nomadic has produced over 50 projects and remains one of the most active production companies in Canada. In 2004, Nomadic won three Daytime Emmy(R) Awards for "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie," starring James Caan, Kevin Zegers and Gena Rowlands. In 2005 Nomadic co-produced AMC's first scripted original mini-series, "Broken Trail," starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, which went on to win four Primetime Emmy(R) Awards including Best Mini-Series for Nomadic.

  [september 2013]  


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