Atz, Jewel are father-daughter duo on Alaska: The Last Frontier theme song

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Atz Kilcher wrote the theme song, "Alaska: The Last Frontier," and it gave him an opportunity to work with his daughter, Jewel, in the recording studio as a duo for the first time.

Fans of the popular Discovery Channel reality series, Alaska: The Last Frontier have not only enjoyed the watching the show each week; they have also been intrigued by the theme song for the show, “Alaska’s Last Frontier.”

The song was written by cast member Atz Kilcher, and features his daughter, acclaimed singer-songwriter Jewel. Intended to be an ode to the Alaskan homesteader, the song captures the spirit of both the people and the land, as well as the many hardships that must be endured to claim the rewards of living the subsistence lifestyle on the Alaskan frontier.

Fans hear a shortened version every week at the beginning of each show. However, a full-length version has been produced by the team from Discovery MusicSource. Atz sings the lead vocal on the duet, with Jewel accompanying. According to Discovery, both Jewel and Atz have sung onstage for many years, but this was their first opportunity to take the spotlight together as a duo. Of the chance to sing with his daughter, Atz told Discovery, “Definitely one of the highlights of my music career has been to write and record the title song for a major television network with my daughter Jewel. Took me 65 years to write this song, I’m excited for the world to hear it.”

“Alaska: The Last Frontier” was recorded in both Stephenville, TX, at Jewel Box Studio, and in Los Angeles, CA, at Emoto Music Studios; it is now available as a digital download and other online sources. Fans can visit iTunes to download the theme song, and can listen to the full-length version with a click of a video here:

This week’s new episode, “Range Riding,” finds the Kilchers still trying to manage their herd on the summer range. Discovery says:

Atz begins his summer range riding season to protect Otto's cattle herd. A bear menaces from the edge and a wolf invades the herd. Otto and family race the clock and the elements to gather in winter's hay crop. Eivin and Eve's cannibal hen strikes again.

Alaska: The Last Frontier airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How does the Kilcher family have the money to buy trucks, atvs, boats, generators, etc... We see them living off the land and it does not appear that they have jobs or are selling anything to support themselves... Did they earn money in the past in order to get those goods?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They said on one episode they sell cattle/beef. You don't think they keep that large of a herd of cattle for just themselves do ya? They have a modern looking meat processing building. My guess is that they sell cuts of meat like a roast, steaks, filet mignon,hamburger etc. to the public. You'll notice they don't show all the family members. It said Otto went to the dump and brought something back so they must be near a town to have a dump. Perhaps some of the wives and men also have other jobs. Lots of that equipment is pretty old and was handed down. I haven't seen much new equipment. They may also sell milk and cream in winter along with firewood. A gal. of milk goes for $9 in Alaska. Atz I'm pretty sure gets paid for his singing and daughter Jewel may also send some money home since she made good. They also have a greenhouse and what cash crop grows well in a greenhouse? I'll give you a hint, people smoke it. It's legal in Alaska to have up to 25 adult female plants at any one time. I'm not saying they do that but, if they wanted to they could and at $20 a gram, they could clean up. Each plant could easily be worth $500- $1000. I see lots of potential income sources on their homestead. I just wonder why they don't have hogs.

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