Stephen Colbert offered another tribute to the great John Prine last night, this time by inviting Dave Matthews to perform the late songwriter’s “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.” A solo Matthews performed the 1986 song remotely.
The night before, CBS’s Late Show host delivered an emotional remembrance of Prine, both as a longtime fan and more recent friend. He recalled when his then-girlfriend, now-wife introduced him to Prine’s song “Paradise,” saying, “loved that song and I loved her for showing it to me.”
On that night’s episode, Brandi Carlile performed Prine’s classic “Hello in There.”
Prine died Wednesday of COVID-19.
Watch the Matthews performance above, and Brandi Carlile below.
This Saturday, Matthews will co-headline At Home with Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to support family farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The live stream, with each of the stars performing remotely, will begin at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, available free on farmaid.org and axs.tv and also available to watch on AXS TV.