David Letterman is making the transition from late night television to country radio. The retired Late Show star will co-host a special episode of Elizabeth Cook’s show Apron Strings on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country with his former music director, Paul Shaffer.
Letterman and Shaffer will join Cook in studio on May 24 for “an extensive conversation about his passion for American roots music,” according to a press release. The late night TV star will also hand-pick a playlist of his favorite performances that aired the Late Show with David Letterman over the years.
In addition to a performance from Cook herself, the special episode will feature tunes from Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams, Warren Zevon and Steve Earle, among many others.
Letterman is a self-proclaimed fan of Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country station and says he “invited himself” to the studio to co-host the special episode.
“I love Elizabeth Cook,” Letterman said in a statement. “She’s the best thing on Outlaw Country. Full disclosure, we briefly married in the 50’s. Listening to her show Apron Strings makes me want to steal a car and drive to Barstow. She’s just that good.”
And it turns out the feelings are mutual. Cook was a four-time guest on Letterman’s show.
“I honestly didn’t think I could love this man any more,” Cook said of Letterman. “When he invited me on his show the first time, it was a life changing moment. Getting to know him and his deep passion for music has made him all the more beloved.”
Also, Letterman’s longtime musical director will share about his new album, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band.
The special will air Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. ET on Sirius XM channel 60. But if you miss the original broadcast, it will re-air throughout the week and over the weekend.