Friday Five: Legal Dramas

Juli Thanki | August 1st, 2014

In last week’s Friday Five about country artists who’ve appeared on police procedurals, I promised you an upcoming installment featuring singers who’ve appeared in legal movies or television shows. A few hours of “research” (which mostly involved sprawling on the couch and staring slack-jawed at various glowing screens) later, here it is. By the way: if you like your law nonfictional, bluegrasser Charlie Sizemore is an actual lawyer.

5. Randy Travis – The Rainmaker

Travis appeared alongside Matt Damon and Danny DeVito in Francis Ford Coppola’s late ‘90s adaptation of a John Grisham novel. Even as a hoodie-clad juror, there’s no hiding Travis’s immediately recognizable voice.

 

4. Trace Adkins – The Lincoln Lawyer

In this 2011 film, Adkins was Eddie Vogel, the leader of a biker gang. Here, he and his crew do lawyer Matthew McConaughey a solid by beating the hell out of some guy. (They could have just sung “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” at the guy and he’d quickly curl into the fetal position whilst bleeding from the ears, but the hands-on approach works too.)

 

3. Trisha Yearwood – JAG

Yearwood played medical examiner Theresa Coulter on several episodes of this military law drama. All that slicing and dicing must have prepared her for her current television gig as the host of her own cooking program on The Food Network.

 

2. Randy Travis – Matlock

Travis appeared twice on Matlock, once in 1992 and again a year later. He didn’t have to flex his acting muscles too much, though: he played a country singer.

 

1. Pam Tillis – L.A. Law

Tillis also played a country singer in this seventh season episode; here, she’s part of a husband and wife duo alongside actor/singer Ronny Cox. It’s not Tillis’s best television appearance (that would be the time she was a delightful guest judge on the RuPaul’s Drag Race  when the contestants had to lip sync to “Mi Vida Loca”), but it’s one of her earliest.

 

  1. Leeann
    August 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

    It’s hardly on topic, but Don Schlitz’s wife is an actual lawyer.

  2. bob
    August 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    @Leeann – Don Schlitz’s wife Stacy is also a good singer. At some of his shows, she’ll sing a song or two, one of which is usually “On the Other Hand”.

    I remember seeing the Matlock-Travis shows. The only JAG shows I’ve seen were those with Trisha but I don’t watch her cooking show.

    It’s been almost 7 years since HHPL was released.

  3. luckyoldsun
    August 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    And sometimes she breaks into “I Fought the Law and the Law Won.”

  4. Jack WIlliams
    August 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I remember that LA Law episode. I think that’s the first time I heard the “when you play a country song backwards” warhorse and I’m pretty sure I thought it was funny (I used to think yelling “Free Bird” was funny, too. Confession is good for the soul.) Watching that scene in the conference room now, I feel like smacking Jonathan and Ann.

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