Jenny Lewis recast her cover of the Traveling Wilburys hit “Handle With Care” this past Saturday, teaming up with surprise duet partner Jimmy Buffett during a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Originally recorded in 2006 with duet partners Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst and M. Ward, Lewis’ speedy take on “Handle With Care” became a staple of her live shows in support of Rabbit Fur Coat, an album that celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. The Ryman show was one of the final gigs of a short tour honoring the album’s birthday, and the unexpected Buffett cameo — which found Mr. Margaritaville singing Roy Orbison’s lines, dressed up in a suit that could’ve graced the cover of The Voyager — showed just how far Lewis has come in the decade since her solo debut hit shelves.
“Jenny Lewis has been a great influence on my life,” Buffett joked before the song’s kickoff.
“Your fashion, too,” returned Lewis, pointing out the cartoonish pot leaves and Stars of David on Buffett’s powder blue blazer.
With that, the group blasted their way through “Handle With Care,” joined by the Watson Twins on background harmonies. Watch the performance above.