Umphrey’s McGee Release Cover Of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” Featuring The Legendary Huey Lewis And Saxophonist Jeff Coffin

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Friday, January 12, 2024

Opening with a perfectly replicated doo-wop vocal stack, Umphrey’s McGee’s latest release, a ripping cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” finds the Chicago-based veterans of the improv-rock scene sticking closely to the original wax from Bowie’s 1983 album of the same name. But this new version has a ringer that could’ve never been dreamed up those 41 years ago: the incomparable Huey Lewis on lead vocals. Little did the band and Lewis know that it would be his last recording session before Meniere's disease and hearing loss forced him to stop singing after a lengthy, iconic career.

“It was a real thrill to sing this with the Umphrey’s guys,” says Lewis. “I have been a fan from the first time I heard them, and was keen to join them for this tune.” Longtime fans of the band will know Lewis and Umphrey’s have an exciting history of their own with Lewis first joining the band on their 2006 album, Safety In Numbers—check them out promoting the album with “Women, Wine, and Song” on Jimmy Kimmel almost two decades ago.

Additionally, another longtime UM collaborator, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones), adds his iconic saxophone touches to this version of “Let’s Dance,” originally recorded for Howard Stern’s David Bowie Tribute on SiriusXM. “I still can't believe that we actually got to collaborate with these two musical powerhouses on one of my favorite David Bowie tunes of all time,” says Umphrey’s Mcgee guitarist and singer, Brendan Bayliss. “I remember seeing the video for ‘Let's Dance’ for the first time on MTV when I was a kid, probably right before or right after one of the many hits Huey Lewis and The News had out at the same time. Getting a chance to record the song with Huey is a dream come true.”

Fans can stream or purchase “Let’s Dance” today at this link and make sure to check out Umphrey’s McGee’s latest video from Red Rocks which premiered on Steven Colbert’s Late Show right here.

In addition to this new single, the band has just kicked off their Winter 2024 tour featuring the grand return of drummer Kris Myers after sitting out the majority of 2023 due to rotator cuff surgery and rehabilitation. UM will take the stage tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina, before a string of shows brings them to New York City for three nights at Brooklyn Steel on January 19-21.

Catch Umphrey’s McGee On Tour:

Jan. 12 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz

Jan. 13 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva

Jan. 14 - Richmond, VA - The National

Jan. 18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

Jan. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel

Jan. 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel

Jan. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

Jan. 31 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

Feb. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

Feb. 2 - Columbus, OH - Kemba Live!

Feb. 3 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

Feb. 7 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub

Feb. 8 - Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine

Feb. 9 - Newport, KY - Megacorp Pavillion

Feb. 10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

Feb. 14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Feb. 15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Feb. 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Brooklyn Bowl

Feb. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Brooklyn Bowl

Feb. 18 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn’s Peak

Mar. 8 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Mar. 9 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Mar. 10 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Mar. 14 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre

Mar. 15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Mar. 16 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Mar. 17 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox @ The Market

Mar. 21 - Stateline, NV - Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Mar. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

Mar. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bellwether

Mar. 24 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park

Apr. 24 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Apr. 25 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

Apr. 26 - Boston, MA - UMBowl at House of Blues

Apr. 27 - Boston, MA - UMBowl at House of Blues