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'Walking Dead' episode features Lee DeWyze's 'Blackbird Song'

There’s a reason the voice singing the song at the beginning and end of Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” episode sounded so familiar. The folk rock tune, “Blackbird Song,” is by former “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze.

The Mount Prospect native said he wrote the song with the AMC zombie drama in mind.

"I was inspired to write the song because I'm a huge fan of the show," DeWyze said over email Wednesday. "Songwriting is the other half of my career. Lyrics, melody, and being able to emotionally connect is so important. Having ‘The Walking Dead’ to draw inspiration from made that very easy. So I wrote it, recorded it, and we sent it over. Just like that. We got an amazing response from the show, they loved it. And next thing you know I'm watching it on TV."

Other artists whose music has appeared on “Walking Dead” include Bob Dylan, Motorhead, Peter Gabriel and Ted Nugent.

DeWyze released his latest album “Frames” in August on Vanguard Records. His music video for his excellent single, “Fight,” will premiere next week. He is scheduled to perform April 4 at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet.

“It means a lot because not only am I a huge fan of the show, but I was able to expose my music to another audience that may not have heard my music before,” DeWyze said. “It really shows a darker side of my songwriting and I think that fits well with 'The Walking Dead.' It's a real honor to be part of such a successful show, and to have music represent 'The Walking Dead.'"

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