Jimmy Buffett debuts a tropical version of This Land Is Your Land in a world premiere for PBS A Capitol Fourth 2021.
The annual PBS special A Capitol Fourth 2021 debuted on Sunday and it was an incredible night full of electrifying performances from artists like Pentatonix, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Nettles and Jimmie Allen. Vanessa Willams hosted the patriotic event alongside Kermit the Frog, while tributes to our military and America itself were prominent throughout the show. But one performance in particular really made a splash.
Iconic singer / songwriter Jimmy Buffett debuted the world premiere of his cover of This Land Is Your Land towards the end of the 90 minute event. The 1944 Woody Guthrie classic was given the Buffett treatment with a breezy, tropical arrangement filmed in front of a pool on the Pacific Ocean. Featuring footage of some of the most iconic places in the United States, Buffett strummed an electric ukulele as his Coral Reefers band accompanied him with the island vibe.
Buffett recently released two albums: Life on the Flip Side was his first album in four years and Songs You Don't Know By Heart, an album of rarities, followed soon after. His A Capitol Fourth 2021 performance is his first nationally televised performance in nearly a year as touring was shut down around the world. Buffett will be hitting the road again beginning this week and will almost certainly bring his This Land Is Your Land cover with him.
Watch my interview with Pentatonix here or listen on this weeks episode of Pop Culture Weekly here to hear interviews with Pentatonix, Jimmie Allen, Kermit the Frog, Auli'i Cravalho and Ali Stroker. And be sure to watch the replay of A Capitol Fourth 2021 on PBS OnDemand, YouTube and Facebook until July 18th.