Jim James was the featured musical guest from afar on Monday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the My Morning Jacket guitarist delivered a fitting tribute to the late Bill Withers, who died last week at age 81.
For his remote, pre-recorded performance on Monday’s episode of the popular late-night television show, James opted to share his rendition of Withers’ famous 1972 ballad, “Lean On Me”.
The performance, seen below, showcases a casually-dressed James in the guitarist’s home performance space playing the well-known tune on his Fender Telecaster. The relaxed, stripped-down performance doesn’t offer much in terms of musical depth, but certainly gets Withers’ inspiring message across as viewers around the country continue to cope with life in isolation and uncertainty thanks to COVID-19.
Watch James’ entire performance from Monday’s episode below.
Jim James – “Lean On Me”
[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]
My Morning Jacket hasn’t performed publicly since the band’s August 10th concert at New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium. They’re currently scheduled to appear at this year’s Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA on September 25th–27th. Head to the band’s website for ticket info.