WATCH: Kurt Vile Performs John Prine’s “Speed and the Sound of Loneliness” On ‘Late Night With Sety Meyers’

Last Thursday on Thanksgiving, Kurt Vile returned to Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform John Prine’s classic song, “Speed and the Sound of Loneliness.” Vile traveled to the studio last week to play the song – the opening track of his recent Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) – solo on acoustic guitar on the show, which featured Meyers’ family as guests. Watch the clip below…

Out now, Kurt Vile’s Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep) was recorded and mixed in sporadic sessions that spanned four years at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville, TN. It includes five songs — covers of John Prine and “Cowboy” Jack Clement as well as two originals — and was recorded alongside a cast of local heavies like Bobby Wood, Dave Roe, and Kenny Malone with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf) tossed into the mix as well.

Most importantly, it features what KV has called “Probably the single most special musical moment in my life” – a duet with the late John Prine on the songwriter’s well-loved tune, “How Lucky.”

“The truth is John was my hero for a long time when he came into The Butcher Shoppe to recut one of his deepest classics with me. And, man, I was floating and flying and I couldn’t hear anything he told me while he was there till after he was gone for the night,” notes Vile in a personal statement that accompanies the record.


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