I’m Halfway Through ‘Hell Or High Water’ & Colter Wall’s “Sleeping On The Blacktop” Is Playing

Hell of High Water

Now that I’ve fully caught up with the hype around Yellowstone (it took a while, but better late than never, right?), I’ve been taking a deep dive into Taylor Sheridan’s past work.

A few months back, I finally watched Sheridan’s epic movie Wind River, and tonight, I decided to turn on Hell or High Water, which dropped in 2016 and was written by Sheridan. I’d heard raving reviews about this movie from friends and family, and I thought it was about time I got with the shits.

Long story short, it’s about two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who rob banks to try and save their family ranch, meanwhile two Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham) are hot on their trail.

Now, here I am, a little over halfway through the movie and my eyes are glued to the TV wondering how in the world this whole situation is gonna play out in the end. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t then don’t worry, I’m not giving any spoilers.

With that being said, I think I just watched one of the most badass movie scenes I’ve ever seen, along to one of the most badass songs ever released…

And we’re talking about Colter Wall’s “Sleeping on the Blacktop.”

During the scene, the Howard brothers visit a Native American Reservation casino in Oklahoma, where one of the brothers (the dickhead one), Tanner, is playing poker.

Before he turns his cards over, he gets the stank face from a Native American man after Tanner calls him, “Chief.”

Tanner asks him:

“You Comanche?… Lords of the plains?”

The Native American responds:

“Lords of nothing now.”

After Tanner exits the table, the Native American asks him:

“Do you know what Comanche means? It means enemies forever.”

Tanner asks:

“Enemies of what?”

Native American:


And that’s when Tanner delivers one of the most badass responses I’ve ever heard:

“You know what that makes me?… It makes me a Comanche.”


Relive or check this scene out for the first time here:

“Sleeping On The Blacktop”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock