Watch the National Cover the Grateful Dead's 'Morning Dew' on 'Colbert'

The National performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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The National performs "Morning Dew" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on May 9, 2016.

The Dead’s version was a Bonnie Dobson cover itself; the folk process goes on…

If you’ve been hearing a lot about indie bands covering the Grateful Dead lately, well, there’s a very good reason for that. To benefit the HIV/AIDS non-profit Red Hot, dozens of alternative artists got together to cover Jerry Garcia and company for the new 59-track comp Day of the Dead. The National -- whose members Aaron and Bryce Dessner helped helm the project -- appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (May 9) to perform one of these tracks: the '60s protest song “Morning Dew.”

Below, watch frontman Matt Berninger’s baritone wade through the post-apocalyptic lyrics, along with the Dessner and Devendorf brothers and some added live musicians:

Day of the Dead is out May 20 via 4AD, available digitally, as a 5 CD collection, and as a vinyl box set. 

The National Dishes on Grateful Dead Covers Comp, Their Own Forthcoming Album

At this year’s Eaux Claires fest (Aug. 12-13) Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon will lead a Day of the Dead set featuring numerous other artists on hand at the Wisconsin show. 

For more, listen to artists like Courtney Barnett and Jenny Lewis covering the Grateful Dead for the comp.