Hear Jenny Lewis Cover The McCoys’ “Sorrow” From Upcoming Paul Shaffer Album

May 20th will mark the second anniversary of David Letterman’s departure from the airwaves after 33 years as the king of late night TV. Over the past couple of years Dave has on occasion come down from the mountaintop like a bearded oracle spreading some goodwill along with his trademark snark before disappearing back into the magic forest. He is missed, but like ex-presidents, once talk show hosts are done, they tend to disappear.

On the other hand, Paul Shaffer, Dave’s trusty sidekick and bandleader all those years, is returning to showbiz with a vengeance in 2017 with a new album release and a North American tour. The album will be called Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, and it features the Letterman house band and a variety of guest vocalists performing an eclectic collection of songs, mostly covers.

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Shaffer is a gifted and incredibly versatile musician and the band has always been solid tight, so it’s great they took the opportunity to lay some stuff down for posterity. In a statement Shaffer said that “getting to record with a band which has played together for several decades was magical. We’re so comfortable playing together, we finish each other’s licks! The wonderful friends, old and new, who guested on vocals were a dream come true for us. They poured their hearts and souls into our music, and we thank them profusely.”

The guest list is a pretty curious one, too, including Shaggy, Darius Rucker, Jenny Lewis, Dion, Bill Murray and Valerie Simpson. There’s more than one reclamation project among this bunch. Still, I can’t wait to hear Shaggy toasting to Allen Toussaint’s classic “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”, and Bill Murray doing an old Slim Whitman chestnut “Happy Street” promises plenty of hilarity.

And just this week they released the first audio from the project, Jenny Lewis and the band performing “Sorrow”, and it sounds great. What a life this song has had, written and first performed by Ohio’s own McCoys, turned into a British hit for the Merseys, and then made definitive by David Bowie. Jenny Lewis breathes new life into it, and that’s the real value of covers projects like this – helping great songs live forever.

Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band will hit the shelves on March 17. Song list and tour dates listed below.


Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band

  1. Cast Your Fate To The Wind (featuring Shaggy)
  2. Why Can’t We Live Together (featuring Darius Rucker)
  3. Sorrow (featuring Jenny Lewis)
  4. Yeh Yeh
  5. Win Your Love For Me (featuring Dion)
  6. Happy Street (featuring Bill Murray)
  7. Some Kind Of Wonderful (featuring Felicia Collins)
  8. Rhythm (featuring Leo Napier)
  9. I Don’t Need No Doctor (featuring Valerie Simpson & Felicia Collins)
  10. Enjoy The Ride (featuring Will Lee)
  11. Just Because
  12. Wigwam



Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band tour dates

4/1—The Clemens Center—Elmira, NY

4/2—The Palace Theater—Greensburg, PA

4/8—The Borgata—Atlantic City, NJ

4/20—Fallsview Casino Resort—Niagara Falls, ONT

4/21—The Wellmont Theater—Montclair, NJ

4/22—Theater At Westbury—Westbury, NY

5/3—Centrepoint Theatre—Ottawa, ONT

5/4—Wilbur Theater—Boston, MA

5/6—Ridgefield Playhouse—Ridgefield, CT

6/9—Ryman Theater—Nashville, TN

6/10—Seminole Casino—Immokalle, FL

6/11—Cobb Energy PAC—Atlanta, GA

6/29—Kresge Auditorium—Interlochen, MI

6/30—Arcada Theater—St. Charles, IL

7/1—Ames Center—Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN




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