Jimmy Buffett put a tropical spin on the United States’ most famous folk song during A Capitol Fourth.
During Sunday (July 4) evening’s broadcast on PBS, the multi-platinum selling music legend gave the world premiere of his new version of Woody Guthrie’s 1944 anthem, “This Land Is Your Land,” which was ukulele-infused.
The iconic singer’s pre-taped performance was filmed poolside in Southern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Buffett’s performance also incorporated clips of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, Statue Of Liberty and more.
“I have always been a big admirer of Woody Guthrie’s, his simple songs and poignant lyrics,” Buffett previously said. “They were some of the first songs I learned to play. I have been lucky enough to travel this land and think it is the best song that encapsulates what America means and is.”
Watch Buffett’s tropical performance of “This Land Is Your Land” below.
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A Capitol Fourth brought together with themes of love, hope, and patriotism and also featured performances from Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix, Gladys Knight, Train, Jennifer Nettles, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, Ali Stroker, Auli’i Cravalho and more.
Additionally, Renée Fleming kicked off the celebratory event with a stunning rendition of The National Anthem.
Co-hosted by Vanessa Williams, the 41st annual A Capitol Fourth, America’s Independence Day celebration aired on Sunday, July 4 (8:00-9:30 p.m. EST) on PBS, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
“I am so honored to be hosting A Capitol Fourth this year,” said host Vanessa Williams, “I first performed on this national July 4th TV tradition in 2005, and it has always held a special place in my heart.”