Elvis Costello and the Roots Stroll 'Uptown' on 'Fallon'
It only makes sense that Elvis Costello and the Roots would make their first TV appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: It was in the Roots' dressing room there where they recorded Wise Up Ghost, their new album together. Costello and Fallon's house band performed a pair of songs last night, barely breaking a sweat as they locked in on "Walk Us Uptown," Costello plucking at his guitar and drawling out his vocals over a super-tight beat from Questlove, a loping bassline and flourishes from horns and keyboards.
Later, in a web-only bonus performance, the collaborators slowed down on the soulful "Tripwire," with chiming keyboard arpeggios cascading behind Costello's mournful vocals for a verse before the rest of the band kicked in. Costello is set to appear on Fallon again Thursday, and he and the Roots celebrated Wise Up Ghost Monday with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl in New York.