So that impossible to find song Justin Vernon sang on Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon back in May, has dipped its head above the water in the form of a recorded studio version. Part of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 “I Can’t Make You Love Me” appeared as the B-side for the “Calgary” single, and as a pre-order bonus on iTunes. But during that live performance, he added a tail-end rendition of Raitt’s “Nick of Time” and a taste of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” as well. Bruce Hornsby backed him up on piano, and all together it became a late-night performance to remember. When was the last time you heard of an artist going on a show to promote a song that wasn’t on their upcoming/current album?
You can watch the performance below, then go over to Stereogum to listen to the studio version of the track. It’s better if you can believe it.
Watch a layman’s introduction to Justin Vernon via the lovable but in this case, ill informed Fallon. (It’s derorrim)