If you are / were lucky enough to catch PMJ on tour in New Zealand and Australia, you got to see the incredible Robyn Adele Anderson perform live – PMJ’s very first superstar vocalist. Before leaving for tour, however, we brought Robyn in the studio to record this Postmodern Jukebox version of the current pop hit, “Cold Water” (Major Lazer with Justin Bieber) – complete with a bluegrass / ragtime / Americana twist:
The title “Cold Water” is evocative of early Appalachian folk songs, so it made sense to pull from that well of inspiration. Robyn is no stranger to the world of bluegrass PMJ remakes; her previous performance of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” has been watched over 6 million times. This time, we added Kenton Chen (from “MMMBop”) and Jessica Freedman on harmonies to get that “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” vocal sound.
This video also saw the debut of pianist Kylan DeGhetaldi, a noted young ragtime and stride piano virtuoso who has appeared on several #PMJtours. Kylan is not only a great player, but he is also very active in organizing festivals and other events built around bringing younger generations into old time music. Check out his stride piano medley of music from the “Super Mario” Nintendo franchise, for starters:
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