To help launch the follow-up to the top 10 hit “My Church,” Maren Morris visited Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday to perform her new single “80s Mercedes.” A favorite in 2015 among SiriusXM listeners, “80s Mercedes” appears on both Morris’ self-titled EP and full-length album Hero.
A sort of companion to the driving-focused “My Church,” “80s Mercedes” sees the titular aging car as timeless cool and the crucial link to neon-tinted weekend possibilities for a “’90s baby.” From the moment the song’s descending opening piano chords ring out, Morris is moving around the Late Night stage. Freed from guitar-playing responsibility and dressed in a stylish black jacket, she sways and dips to accentuate the wheels-in-motion groove. She adds a slight improvisational flair to her vocal hooks, confidently stretching the melody beyond the version captured on record.
Currently, Morris is opening shows on Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour, which hits amphitheaters in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico this weekend.