On August 30, country music singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson will make his acting debut in a new CBS All Access mystery when the first episode of the 10-episode streaming subscription service series is released online. Each Thursday, viewers can catch a new episode of One Dollar that burrows through the drama of a small Rust Belt town.
In One Dollar, a single dollar bill changes hands among the eclectic cast who are dealing with a multiple murder case in their community. CBS lists Simpson as having a reoccurring role in the series playing Ken Fry, a steelworker who was let go by steel mill owner “Pop” Bud Carl played by John Carroll Lynch from the film Fargo, FX’s American Horror Story and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Simpson’s character turns to a much less moral way of making money by selling stolen items that he “finds” in other peoples’ yards in his own perpetual yard sale.
Filmed in Pittsburgh and directed by Craig Zobel who’s worked on HBO’s Westworld and The Leftovers, One Dollar uses the connective dollar bill to switch point of view in a town with familiar social and economic divisions seen throughout post-recession America. And if the trailer seen above featuring “Rather Be The Devil” by No Money Kids is any indication, it will also have some great music paired with the drama.
Best Country Album Grammy-winner Sturgill Simpson will be in fine company in a cast that includes Leslie Odom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway, Jeff Perry, who starred in Nash Bridges and ABC’s Scandal, and Nathaniel Martello-White, a British actor who stars in the BBC miniseries Collateral.
Catch the show starting up on the last Thursday of the month through CBS All Access. Snag a week for free if you don’t already have the streaming service here.