“Low Winter Sun,” the new AMC drama premiering this Sunday, August 11 at 10pm after “Breaking Bad,” is set in Detroit, in a world where cops and criminal get a little too close for comfort. The series features original music by composer Tyler Bates (“300,” “Super,” “God of War: Ascension”), but the show’s open also features a new song, “Hustlin’ In The Motor City,” performed by Detroit soul legend Bettye LaVette and co-written by her, Bates, Nan Vernon and series creator Chris Mundy.
“Tyler is a creative force in the music industry and the perfect choice to provide the gritty, edgy score that ‘Low Winter Sun’ needed,” Mundy said. “I loved working with him on the main title theme and think he did a fantastic job on the whole series, echoing each character’s struggle musically.”
“When I first discussed the possibility of writing the title track for the show,” added Bates, “Chris Mundy said that in an ideal world Bettye LaVette would be singing a song in a Detroit club for the opening credits. One thing led to the next and Chris asked me to write the title track. I thought it would be fitting if Chris wrote the lyrics for the song, given his deep affection and concern for the city. One week later we were in the studio with Bettye LaVette cutting ‘Hustlin’ In The Motor City.'”
“I am so thrilled to have been asked to sing this song representing my home town. It’s been very hard to watch my city die before my eyes and I am so pleased that this show is set here. Perhaps it will help us to get back on our feet and on our way. Being on this television set was the most exciting thing that has happened to me since learning how to tap dance with Cab Calloway,” said LaVette. Take a look at the title sequence, featuring “Hustlin’ In The Motor City,” below.