Music – Season 1

Looking for music played in each episode of True Blood? We’ve listed the songs below, along with links to purchase them for yourself.

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Episode 1.01 – Strange Love

“Bad Things” (theme song) by Jace Everett
Jace Everett - Bad Things - Single - Bad Things

“Y’all Think She’d Be Good 2 Me” by C.C. Adcock – Pickup pulls into the convenience store advertising Tru Blood
C.C. Adcock - Lafayette Marquis - Y'all'd Think She'd Be Good 2 Me

“Goodbye, Good Lookin'” by Robbie Fulks – Our first glimpse of Sookie, waiting tables at Merlotte’s
Robbie Fulks - South Mouth - Goodbye, Good Lookin'

“Soulful Garage” by Southern Culture on the Skids – Sookie and Sam chat at the bar
Southern Culture On the Skids - Mojo Box - Soulful Garage

“The Dreaming Dead” by Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter – Sookie senses Bill’s entrance and turns to look at him
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Oh, My Girl - The Dreaming Dead

“Strange Love” by Slim Harpo – Sookie chats with Tara as she downs her second margarita
Slim Harpo - The Best of Slim Harpo - Strange Love

“Lake Charles” by Lucinda Williams – Sookie tends to Bill after sending the Rattrays running
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lake Charles

“Still Beating” By Josh Ritter – Jason tries to persuade Dawn into going home with him
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - Still Beating

“Dang Good Stuff” by Kim Lenz – Sookie sunbathes as Jason arrives at Gran’s house
Kim Lenz - Up to My Old Tricks Again - Dang Good Stuff

“Stumble and Pain” by Joseph Arthur – Sookie storms out of the kitchen at Merlotte’s and finds Bill waiting

Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain - Stumble and Pain

“Bones” by Little Big Town – end credits

Little Big Town - The Road to Here - Bones

Episode 1.02 – The First Taste

“Two Wheels” by Gary Jeffries/Gary Jeffries Band – Sookie’s senses are heightened after drinking vampire blood
Alligator Stew - Alligator Stew - Two Wheels

“Say Wat It Do?” by Camboso – Tara and Lafayette hang out at a backyard party
Blood What True - Say Wat It Do? - Say Wat It Do?

“Girls” by Eleni Mandell – Gran, Jason, Tara, and Sookie get to know Bill
Eleni Mandell - Miracle of Five - Girls

“First Taste” by Fiona Apple – Jason and Bill argue over vampire rights
Fiona Apple - Tidal - The First Taste

“How the Day Sounds” by Greg Laswell – Jason and Tara have a beer and get a little friendly
Greg Laswell - How the Day Sounds - EP - How the Day Sounds

“Love Gotcha” by Coco Montoya – Jason finds himself tied up at Dawn’s; Tara shares her thoughts at Merlotte’s
Coco Montoya - Dirty Deal - Love Gotcha

“Honky Tonk Queen” by Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys – Rene defends Sookie to some rude customers
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys - Rockin' Big Sandy - Honky Tonk Queen

“Rose Thorn Bed” by Gary Jeffries/Gary Jeffries Band – Lafayette tells Sookie not to let people get her down; Tara probes Dawn for information about her relationship with Jason
Alligator Stew - Alligator Stew - Rose Thorn Bed

“Snake in the Grass” by Vallejo – end credits
Vallejo - Leftovers - Snake In the Grass (Original Rock Mix)

Episode 1.03 – Mine

“Snake in the Grass” by Vallejo – Vampires surround Sookie on Bill’s property.
Vallejo - Leftovers - Snake In the Grass (Original Rock Mix)

“Free Fall” by Pitch Black – Vampires approach Sookie, but Bill scares them away.
Pitch Black - Ape to Angel - Freefall

“Downtown” by Alex Chilton – Tara & Sam talk about Sookie’s interest in Bill while restocking the bar at Merlotte’s.
Alex Chilton - Step Right Up - The Songs of Tom Waits - Downtown

“Far Far Away” by Wilco – Tara & Sam get personal on the porch.
Wilco - Being There - Far, Far Away

“From a Whisper to a Scream” by Allen Toussaint – Tara & Sam come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Allen Toussaint - The Allen Toussaint Collection - From A Whisper To A Scream (Album Version)

“Mine” by Bing Crosby & Judy Garland – Sookie sneaks up on Bill while he’s reading and they kiss.
Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - Bing - His Legendary Years 1931-1957 - Mine

“Red Eyes and Tears” by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Bill goes to the nest of vampires and tells them that Sookie belongs to him.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C. - Red Eyes and Tears

“Belly Disco” by the Karminsky Experience – Tara goes to Lafayette’s house after a rough encounter with her drunken mother.
Karminsky Experience Inc - The Power of Suggestion - Belly Disco

“Soccer Practice” by Jonny McGovern – Jason dances for Lafayette’s website in exchange for “V”.
Jonny McGovern - Dirty Gay Hits - Soccer Practice

“Good Times” by Charlie Robison – End credits
Charlie Robison - Good Times - Good Times

Episode 1.04 – Escape from Dragon House

“Brand New Cadillac” by Wayne Hancock – Playing in the jukebox at Merlotte’s
Wayne Hancock - That's What Daddy Wants - Brand New Cadillac

“Not This Time” by Johnny Neel – Sookie listens in on people’s thoughts at Merlotte’s for clues to who killed Dawn
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“Jack Me Up” by Jeff Laine – Sookie hears Dwight’s thoughts about missing Dawn and being afraid to talk to her
jeff laine - Long Way to Go - Jack Me Up

“Hoi Mai, Kuu Ipo'” by Kalani Kinimaku & His Kanakas – Playing in Bill’s car as he and Sookie drive to Shreveport
no download available

“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Heaven 17 – Sookie and Bill have a drink at Fangtasia; Bill introduces her to Longshadow
Heaven 17 - Before After - Don't Fear the Reaper

“Demons” by Darkest Hour – Sookie asks Longshadow about Maudette
Darkest Hour - Deliver Us - Demon(s)

“Escape From Dragon House” by Dengue Fever – Bill drives Sookie home; Sookie asks what language they’re singing in
Dengue Fever - Escape from Dragon House - Escape from Dragon House

“That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – End credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd - That Smell

Episode 1.05 – Sparks Fly Out

“Kargyraa” by Huun-Huur-Tu – Bill demonstrates Tuvan throat music as he drives Sookie home from Fangtasia
Huun-Huur-Tu - More Live - Kargyraa

“It’s Alright” by Phil Phillips – Sam asks Sookie out on a date
Phil Phillips - The Best of Swamp Pop Classics - It's Alright

“Feel Alright” by Steve Earle – Merlotte’s
Steve Earle - I Feel Alright - Feel Alright

“Sparks Fly Out” by Paul Burch – Sam and Sookie dance at Crawdad’s Diner; he tries to kiss her
Paul Burch - Fool for Love - Sparks Fly Out

“I Play Chicken with the Train” by Cowboy Troy featuring Big & Rich – AIDS BURGER!
Cowboy Troy & Big & Rich - Loco Motive - I Play Chicken With the Train

“It’s All Over But the Shoutin'” by Southern Culture on the Skids – Randi Sue celebrates her divorce at Merlotte’s
Southern Culture On the Skids - Mojo Box - It's All Over but the Shoutin'

“Wiggle Stick” by Reverend Horton Heat – Tara finds Jason (hopped up on V) gettin’ busy with Randi Sue behind Merlotte’s
The Reverend Horton Heat - The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat - Wiggle Stick

Episode 1.06 – Cold Ground

“Shake That Ass” by James Combs – Jason’s ringtone

“We’ll Meet Along the Way” by Hem – Tara tries to console Sookie
Hem - Funnel Cloud - We'll Meet Along the Way

“Take Me Home” by Lisbeth Scott and Nathan Burr
Lisbeth Scott and Nathan Barr - Take Me Home - Take Me Home

“Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks – Tara sees Bill’s effect on Sookie, talks to Lafayette about whether Bill is good for her
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way - Lullaby

“Half of You” by Cat Power – Jason cries after having sex with Randi Sue; Bill and Sookie start to have sex; Tara returns home; Sookie tells Bill to bite her neck
Cat Power - You Are Free - Half of You

“Cold Ground” by Rusty Truck – End credits
Rusty Truck - Luck's Changing Lanes - Cold Ground

Episode 1.07 – Burning House of Love

“Just Like Heaven” by The Watson Twins (thanks to everyone who wrote in to tell us that this version was not sung by Katie Melua as previously posted)
The Watson Twins - Fire Songs - Just Like Heaven

“Leaving” by Country Fried
Country Fried - Nowhere No More - Leaving

“Whiskey in My Whiskey” by The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers - Whiskey In My Whiskey

“Burning House of Love” by The Knitters
The Knitters - The Modern Sounds of the Knitters - Burning House of Love

“Let It All Come Down” by G. DaPonte
G. DaPonte - Let It All Come Down - Let It All Come Down

“Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies - Natural Born Killers - Sweet Jane

“Play With Fire” by Cobra Verde
Cobra Verde - Copycat Killers - Play With Fire

Episode 1.08 – The Fourth Man in the Fire

“Comes and Goes (In Waves) by Greg Laswell
Greg Laswell - Three Flights from Alto Nido - Comes and Goes (In Waves)

“Give It Up” by Lee Dorsey
Lee Dorsey - Candy Man - Give It Up

“Eternal Flame” by The Bangles
The Bangles - The Essential Bangles - Eternal Flame

“Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” by Mildred Anderson
Mildred Anderson - No More In Life - Everybody's Got Somebody But Me

“Fourth Man in the Fire” by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash - Unearthed - The Fourth Man In the Fire

“I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News)” by Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles Of Death Metal - Death By Sexy - I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News)

Music Sung in Old Swedish by Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott
Download coming soon

Episode 1.09 – Plaisir d’Amour

“Plaisir d’Amour” by Joan Baez (we think)
Joan Baez - Joan Baez, Vol. II - Plaisir D' Amour

“Walking the Dog” by Rufus Thomas
Rufus Thomas - Walking the Dog - Walking the Dog

“Swampblood” by The Legendary Shack Shakers
Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood - Swampblood

“A Fool In Love” by Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary - The Best of Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love

“Kaki’s Song” by The Mother Truckers
The Mother Truckers - Let's All Go to Bed - Kaki's Song

“Lay Back Down” by Eric Lindell
Eric Lindell - Low On Cash, Rich In Love - Lay Back Down

Episode 1.10 – I Don’t Wanna Know

“You Can’t Be A Beacon (If Your Light Won’t Shine)” by Donna Fargo
Donna Fargo - The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - You Can't Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine)

“Jesus Rhapsody, Pt. 1” by Preacher and the Saints
Preacher And The Saints - Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal - Jesus Rhapsody, Pt. 1

“Summer Memories” by John Mazzei (Muzak in the drug store)
No download available currently

“Hallowed Ground” by I See Hawks in L.A.
I See Hawks In L.A. - Hallowed Ground - Hallowed Ground

“I Don’t Wanna Know” by Dr. John
Dr. John - The Best of the Parlophone Years - I Don't Wanna Know

“Maison Creole” by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live)
CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis - True Blood (Music from the HBO® Original Series) [Deluxe Version] - Maison Creole (Live At Merlotte's) [Bonus Track]

“Bleed 2 Feed” by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live)
CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis - True Blood (Music from the HBO® Original Series) [Deluxe Version] - Bleed 2 Feed

“Fool to Care” by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live)
CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis - True Blood (Music from the HBO® Original Series) [Deluxe Version] - Fool to Care (Live At Merlotte's) [Bonus Track]

“I’m Ready” by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live)
No download available currently

“Let’s Talk It Over” by C.C. Adcock and The Lafayette Marquis (performed live)
No download available currently

Episode 1.11 – To Love Is To Bury

“Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman - Wichita Lineman

“Two” by Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger - Two

“To Love Is To Bury” by Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session - To Love Is to Bury

“West of Wichita” by G. DaPonte
G. DaPonte - Let It All Come Down - West of Wichita

“Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88: Adagio” by Philharmonia Slavonic
Philharmonia Slavonica & Alfred Scholz - Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 - Concerto for Violoncello & Orch Op. 104 - Piano Piece Op. 52 - Symphony No. 8 In G Major Op. 88: Adagio

“Pass You By” by Gillian Welch
Gillian Welch - Revival - Pass You By

Episode 1.12 – You’ll Be The Death Of Me

“Prelude a L’apres – Midi D’un Faun” by Claude Debussy
A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Debussy: Prelude a L'apres - Midi D'un Faun

“Fantasy Pieces – Why?” by Robert Schumann
Sviatoslav Richter - Schumann: Humoreske, Fantasy Pieces - Fantasy Pieces, Op. 12: III. Why? In D-Flat Major

“Christine’s Tune (Devil in Disguise)” by The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Definitive Collection - Christine's Tune

“Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble - Trouble

“You’ll Be The Death of Me” by Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter - An Introduction to Johnny Winter - You'll Be the Death of Me

“Cut & Run” by Bell & Cooper
Bell & Cooper - Postcards Out of the Blue - Cut and Run

“Ain’t No Grave” by Crooked Still
Crooked Still - Shaken By a Low Sound - Ain't No Grave

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