Film and TV

Folk Family Revival Song Featured On Tonight's Justified

Houston's Folk Family Revival remains one of the best acts in the city. The three Lankford Brothers and their buddy Caleb Pace released an unimaginably perfect Americana album last year with Unfolding, which was nominated for two Lone Star Music Awards this past weekend, and have continued to build a following with stellar live shows. Now their star falls even higher as they are set to be featured on the FX series Justified tomorrow at 10/9 CST.

The band's record label, Magnolia Red, has previously stated that their main focus in their business is to record brilliant songs that might fetch some nice licensing deals. The agreement between FX and Folk Family Revival is the first such deal, and is a good indicator of things to come from a label that continues to amaze us with the quality of their output.

The song that was licensed for tonight's episode, which airs at 9 p.m., was the star track of Unfolding, a frantic bit of country madness called "Chasing a Rabbit." Songwriter Mason Lankford described the song as his own personal interpretation of the Book of Revelation, and the resulting shattered but genius gospel is such a spiritual game-changer that Rocks Off regularly uses its opening line as the header of our The End is Nigh column.

Magnolia Red wouldn't say exactly how much money was agreed upon for the use of "Unfolding." The label uses a pitch company in Los Angeles in their quest to find homes for their artists' songs.

How the tune will be used hasn't yet been revealed. Fans will just have to watch tonight to hear one of our own make it big in Hollywood. Justified, now in its third season, is the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a tough cop who often results to extralegal and violent measures to enforce the law

After recovering from a serious gunshot wound in the season 2 finale, Givens continues his quest to clean up the corruption in rural Harlan County, Ky. Only two episodes remain until season three ends, and a fourth season has already been announced.

"I'm completely stunned," said Lankford when reached for comment on the FX deal. "I'm not a television watcher. Or even a movie watcher. But when I watch a movie it's a documentary and when I watch TV, It's Justified. I guess it has something to do with the law of attraction."

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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