Elvis Costello and the Roots first worked together on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage, and now they’ve teamed up to make the surprisingly seamless collaborative album Wise Up Ghost, on which Costello’s burr meshes with the Roots’ hard-swinging old-school funk in a not-remotely-forced sort of way. Last night, Costello and the Roots played the Fallon stage again, and this time, they were doing songs from the album that the show helped to make possible. Sitting down with Fallon, Costello talked a bit about how the collaboration came together. And then, they performed two songs together: The precise and propulsive “Walk Us Uptown” on the show proper and the tingly ballad “Tripwire” as an online bonus. Watch the interview and the two performances below.
Wise Up Ghost is out now on Blue Note.