Last July, country supergroup The Highwomen took the Fallon stage to perform their song “Crowded Table.” Last week, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires returned to The Tonight Show to perform the same track—but with a twist.
For this reprise, the group opted to remain socially distanced, recording their vocals separately from their respective studios—and allowing their vocal harmonies on “Crowded Table” to shine. The song, which was a single from the supergroup’s self-titled LP, came together very quickly, Hemby recounted in an interview with the Country Music Association last August.
“We sat at the piano and honestly, we wrote the song in about 30 to 40 minutes,” she said. “It’s amazing. It’s sort of one of those things—we kept finishing each other’s sentences, which became a verse, which became a chorus and I feel like we’re all in the same boat. We want women to be a part of the whole narrative.”
The Highwomen supergroup formed just a few months before their LP dropped in September 2019. The band took inspiration from the iconic country supergroup The Highwaymen, which consisted of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson—and even put out their own remake of “Highwayman,” which was originally sung by Cash, Jennings and co. The album also featured the single “Redesigning Women” and guests in Yola on “Highwomen” and Sheryl Crow on “Heaven is a Honky Tonk.”
Watch the Highwomen’s socially distanced Fallon performance here: