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Dave Matthews Band: Black and Bluebird debuts on Letterman

Hear the group perform “Black and Bluebird”

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As David Letterman gets set to say to goodbye to Late Show, he’s pulling out all the stops with his musical guests (Tom Waits! Mumford and Sons!). But a musical highlight is also one you won’t find on TV: Dave Matthews Band debuting a new song for his farewell Legends on Letterman concert series, which taped Thursday.

The track (check it out below or watch the full show here) has everything for fans of the jam-band kings’ quieter tunes: strummy guitars, virtuosic interplay between the horn section and violinist Boyd Tinsley and Matthews’ trademark croon.

Dave Matthews Band’s appearance on Letterman this week is a poignant one: the group made their national television debut on his show back in the ’90s. In recent weeks, Matthews has also looked back on how his friendship with Letterman has evolved.

“I was visiting my friend and I found him kid of abrasive when I was a little kid,” the singer told Rolling Stone. “But then it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with him. You know, time flies—my beard is going gray.”

DMB are set to hit the road for a massive summer tour that kicks off May 13 in Austin, Texas.

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