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YELLOWSTONE’s Luke Grimes Shares His Love for Church, Music

Photo from Luke Grimes’ Instagram

YELLOWSTONE’s Luke Grimes Shares His Love for Church, Music

By Movieguide® Contributor

YELLOWSTONE star Luke Grimes is sharing the religious inspirations behind his new EP, “Pain Pills or Pews.” 

“My parents are from the Appalachian Mountains. Country music was a very big deal for them growing up,” Grimes explained. “And then, my dad became a pastor, and music is also a big deal in church. And in a lot of ways, they’re related. Hank Williams wrote, ‘I Saw the Light,’ which I thought was just some old church song. I didn’t realize he wrote that.”

He shared that “church and music and the country life” went “hand in hand” in his life growing up. 

In addition to classic country music, Grimes pointed to gospel artists like Kirk Franklin and Frank Hammond as inspirations. 

The actor also shared the differences between making music and acting. 

“There’s nothing to hide behind with the music,” Grimes explained, adding that, in acting, “getting to know me was never part of the job.”

He continued, “The point was that you didn’t get to know me, that you can believe me as something else, and the more you get to know me, maybe the less believable that is. So, I think a lot of mystery is a good thing for people who play characters. But my music is way more personal. It’s my words coming out of my mouth.”

Grimes spoke further about “Pain Pills or Pews” in an Instagram post, writing, “I don’t deserve this. Full stop. Yet, here it is. I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped me get here. A dream of putting music out in the world and getting to share it live is now something of a reality. Thank you for listening and showing up.”

In addition to his burgeoning music career, Grimes also just starred in Netflix’s HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS. 

“I always wanted to do a romantic comedy,” the YELLOWSTONE star shared. “There’s enough bad stuff in the world. And I read the script and I was like, ‘I think I could do this.’”

A portion of the Movieguide® review for HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS reads:

HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS features a wonderful cast and extremely well-drawn supporting characters that the audience laughs with and finds emotionally relatable. The scenery is gorgeous, the soundtrack is superb, and Writer/Director Vicky Wight is a filmmaker to watch. The story and characters are mostly innocent and kind, but the dialogue has too much foul language, including many light profanities. Also, the wacky hike leader leads a prayer to Mother Nature, and one character is a homosexual. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

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