Classic Letterman: At the McDonalds’ drive-thru: “The food’s always ready. Are YOU ready?”

From I think the first episode of the CBS/Late Show iteration of David Letterman’s show. . .back when he still had that anarchic spark in his eye. Only one of a thousand reasons why the guy’s one of the great innovators of modern American television.

Watch this now: Jason Isbell on Letterman


Still can’t get enough of Isbell’s breathtaking new album Southeastern, so what a treat to see him play one of the new tunes on David Letterman’s “Late Show” last night. This is “Stockholm,” a great yearning rocker: restless, aching, aglow with the morning light. “Once a wise man to the ways of the world/Now I’ve traded those lessons for faith in a girl/Cross the ocean, a thousand years from my home/In this frozen old city of silver and stone…”