The Jayhawks are one of those bands who never get old, no matter how many times you hear them and regardless of their current band composition. In 2011 they released ‘Mockinbird Time’, their eighth studio album and a key milestone in their career since it marked the return of the original frontman Mark Olson, who had left the group in 1995 after the release of ‘Tomorrow the Green Grass’, and long-time keyboard player Karen Grotberg. It was their first new studio album in eight years but on the evidence of this performance from David Letterman’s show in 2011, it’s like they’d never been away.
Alas, Olson’s return was short-lived and by the time ‘Paging Mr. Proust’ was released in 2016 he was already long gone. Still, this captures a beautiful moment in the band’s history – Louris and Olson’s vocals together are still an unbeatable combination – in so many ways.