(photo credit: @questlove)
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from love-him-or-hate-him songwriter Dave Matthews. There has been relatively little in terms of new material from the DMB front man ever since the release of 2009’s ‘Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King’.
With no current single to promote and a tentative album release on the distant horizon, naturally I was surprised to hear that not only would Dave be making the ever-rare late night TV performance this week, but that he would also be playing a song that, according to Jimmy Fallon, is a debut from the yet-untitled new album. Not only would he be performing, but he would be performing as the musical guest on Fallon’s special broadcast from the University of North Carolina featuring love-him-or-hate-him President Obama.
After an hour largely filled with discussions of the politics of higher education, Dave Matthews and Captain Kirk Douglas from The Roots came out to perform an acoustic duet of ‘Mercy’ – a song somewhere between love song and call-to-arms for the future. Dave Matthews doing what Dave Matthews does.
Check out Dave’s performance below, as well as his skit Walk of Shame with Fallon. Oh and as an added bonus how about our Commander in Chief Slow Jamming the news?
Slow Jam The News w/ Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Barack Obama:
Jimmy Fallon & Dave Matthews – Walk Of Shame
Dave Matthews – Mercy