Late-Night TV Music (Or Else Edition) | Dec. 7, 2020

Chris Stapleton, Miley, Shawn, Sam Hunt and Jose Feliciano make the best of it.


Sometimes we all wish we were somewhere else. Doing something else. Maybe even being someone else. That’s especially true these days. And since the Late-Night TV Music world is just another way in which art reflects life, it’s also true there. Consider Monday night’s singer-songwriter-centric lineup:

• Respected country-rock rebel Chris Stapleton did his best to channel John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival in a drum warehouse with his performance of Devil Always Made Me Think Twice on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

• Pop queen Miley Cyrus time-travelled back to the world of ’80s cable-access TV (and borrowed some DNA from Olivia Newton-John’s Physical) to deliver her new song Prisoner on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Sam Hunt (whoever the hell he is) journeyed to the future (or at least the set of a Muse concert video) with his nostalgic ode to the good old days of 2016 on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Shawn Mendes decided to station himself and his piano right outside the casino ladies room to croon his ballad Dream.

• But it could have been worse: They could have been José Feliciano, emerging once again from his cryogenic slumber to sing Feliz Navidad for the bajillionth time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Does he wish he were somewhere else? And if so, where and what? I’ll leave you to ponder that thought. Me, I’ve got other stuff to do.