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Kevin Costner Finds New Way To 'Sing Away His Blues' After Nasty Divorce

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By Afouda Bamidele on October 25, 2023 at 12:45 PM EDT

Since his relationship with his estranged wife has hit the rocks, Kevin Costner has turned to his band to sing away his blues!

The veteran actor is well-known for his stellar achievements in Hollywood; however, he also makes waves as a country music star with the Modern West band. The "Dances with Wolves" star recently reunited with the group, a welcome change following his rocky split from ex-wife Christine Baumgartner.

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Kevin Costner Pleases 'Yellowstone' Fan With Music Performance

A month after his divorce finalization, the film producer filled his former spouse's absence with his longtime music crew. Members of the Modern West band were captured on Costner's Instagram page in a video compilation of their rehearsals and performances in Yellowstone.

The group reunited for shows at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" star seemed happier than ever to be with his friends and flaunt his guitar skills on stage, as seen in the clip.

The TV personality raved about the live performances in his caption, sharing his love for his bandmates and fans. The 3-time Golden Globe Award recipient's message read:

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"The band and I had a truly incredible couple of nights playing at @milliondollarcowboybar. I always love to be in Jackson Hole, where the hospitality is as legendary as this honky tonk’s saddled barstools. Thank you for showing us a good time!"

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Days before the veteran actor's post, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar shared their appreciation for Costner and his band's performance in their venue. On their Instagram page, the social joint shared various pictures of the "Waterworld" actor alongside his bandmates on stage.

The images captured the 2-time Oscar winner's bright smile, an expression he equally mirrored in his post. The venue captioned the heartwarming snaps: "@kevincostnermodernwest rocked #TheCowBoyBar stage last night, and we can't wait for more! We'll see you soon for night two. Doors at 6:30, show at 8."

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As stated, Costner's appearance in Jackson Hole was a trip down memory lane for the actor, who stole the hearts of millions with his impressive performance on Paramount Network's drama series "Yellowstone." This detail did not escape the show's viewers, with one fan recalling their meeting with the singer. The individual's comment read:

"Thanks, Kevin, for stopping in at Belle Cose on Broadway where your hats and Buckle for Yellowstone were made by Burns1876, a partner with Belle Cose. You were so kind to respond to my lassoing you off of the street to come back in for a photo op….SO appreciated it and you!"

Kevin Costner's Ex-Wife's Key Role In The Modern West Band's Formation

Costner's live performances at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar marked another stellar achievement in the "Silverado" star's longtime history with the Modern West band. The film producer, who grew up playing classical music on the piano, started a short-lived band called the Raving Boy in the 90s.

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After dropping out of the music scene, the 68-year-old did not return until a decade later, thanks to his then-wife Christine Baumgartner. During a 2014 interview, the country music star reflected on how she inspired him to continue singing, saying:

"I kind of hemmed and hawed about all of it and kind of avoided it. For two years, she kept after me to do it because she saw how much I enjoyed doing it. And finally, I said that I would."

The father-of-seven created the Modern West band in 2007 alongside his friends John Coinman and Blair Forward. That year, the group toured the globe and then released their first album, "Untold Truths," in 2008. The music compilation reached No. 61 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, marking one of the band's numerous successful streaks.

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Despite Baumgartner's part in Costner's return to music, the actor's former wife stopped being his muse in May 2023. The handbag designer filed to end the duo's marriage alongside a hefty child support fee of nearly $200,000 for the ex-couple's three children.

However, the 49-year-old's plans did not go as she wanted, as the matter ended out of court, with the pair upholding their prenuptial agreement. Weeks after their nasty divorce battle, a source claimed the "Waterworld" actor's feelings for Baumgartner had not dissipated.

“Christine is seeing the positive side of being friendly with Kevin again since she walked away with much less than she bargained for,” the insider explained. “They’re being cordial, which is a relief to Kevin. Even after all this bad blood, he still has a sweet spot for her.”

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