Stephen Colbert: Dave Matthews Performs John Prine’s “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness”

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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 and and also available to watch on AXS TV.


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