When David Letterman steps down as host of The Late Show next year, as he announced yesterday, it will be a huge blow to outsider Americana and Outlaw Country artists.

An avid listener to the SiriusXM channel, Letterman became enamored with the Apron Strings show hosted by hillbilly songbird Elizabeth Cook every weekday afternoon. In August of 2011, he invited her to be a guest on his show, clocking in at close to 10 minutes of couch time while discussing the finer points of the format, how she accidentally stumbled into a radio career, and her dysfunctional upbringing as daughter of an convicted moonshiner who played bass in the prison band.

Elizabeth Cook returned to The Late Show with David Letterman several more times, including a hilarious interview following her 2012 Australian tour, another 2012 appearance where she performed two Townes Van Zandt songs with Jason Isbell at Dave’s personal request, and another 2013 visit where members of the Georgia Southern University marching band joined her for a song from her Gospel Plow EP.

Ray Wylie Hubbard, Drive-By Truckers, and Dale Watson are two other Outlaw Country artists that have appeared on The Late Show as a direct result of their exposure in Outlaw Country.

So long Dave, we’ll miss your show and great taste in music. Be sure to let us know if you’d consider a radio gig when you’re done!

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