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‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ Trailer – What’s the Song?

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For the past week or so, there’s been a dark, jangly, bluesy track rattling around in our brains thanks to the heavily-hyped History Channel miniseries ‘The Hatfields and McCoys.’ And while it seems like the song could have fit right in with the advertising for such shows like ‘Justified’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ this is its first usage for a TV series.

The song is called ‘Bartholomew,’ and it comes from sibling rockers the Silent Comedy. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman have three releases under the belt, including 2010’s ‘Common Faults’ disc, which features the track in question. The disc itself helped the group to the Best Pop Album honor at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards. While ‘Bartholomew’ hasn’t been used to promote a television show, it was used in ads for the ‘Dark Souls’ video game.

It’s fitting that the song comes from a group of brothers, considering the strong family ties that drive ‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ miniseries. The two families waged a blood feud war against one another in the backwoods of Kentucky and West Virginia. Both families settled in Tug Valley, but things turned sour when the Hatfields fought for the Confederacy and the McCoys went to battle for the Union in the Civil War. Though the fight was over on a national level, the tensions burned for the two families, and spilled over into violence when one of the McCoys was murdered by a Hatfield over his affiliation during the war. What ensued has become the stuff of legend, with people still referring to the two families when trying to describe a major fight between two sides.

‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ miniseries, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, begins tonight (May 28) on the History Channel and will air in three installments. Check your local listings.

Hear the Silent Comedy’s ‘Bartholomew in ‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ Trailer

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