I’m a northerner by birth, but I’ve spent enough time in the south to have endured (read: loved) the late-night Waffle House experience on more than one occasion. In fact, the first Waffle House in America was located just down the street from Paste headquarters in Decatur, GA—it’s a museum now. But even having gone through these late nights, I didn’t realize that each location had a jukebox with songs that were specifically about Waffle House. Like, presumably they were written just to be used in these juke boxes.
Stephen Colbert, South Carolina native, knew this, and it’s why he and his musical guest Sturgill Simpson (new album: Excellent) sat down to perform a brand new Waffle House song they’d written. He wants that song on the jukebox! It’s pretty good, too—for some reason, they reinforce the idea that there are no knuckleheads allowed. “How do you give back to the awful waffle?” Sturgill asks, and the video above is your answer.
He also performed “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” from his new album A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. Watch that below:
You can also hear every song from Sturgill’s most recent 2014 Daytrotter session in the player below.