Milwaukee Record is proud to present Public Domain. The monthly video series features Milwaukee musicians setting up at Colectivo Coffee to adapt some of the world’s best-known songs in ways they’ve never been heard before. Watch the entire series here.
In this installment, indie-pop purveyors REYNA drop by Colectivo’s Back Room performance space to play a warm and soothing version of a song Rolling Stone ranked 113 on its list of the “500 greatest songs of all time.” Sisters Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela Banuelos adapted blues singer Arthur Crudup’s 1946 song, “That’s All Right.” However, it’s better known to the world as the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, when “The King” released his own rocking rendition in 1954.
In addition to Presley’s cover, Crudup’s song—which only entered the public domain about 10 years ago—has been performed by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, and Faith Hill. Now REYNA can be added to that illustrious list.
The video was shot, recorded, and edited by Cheston Van Huss of Effigy Media. Travis Whitty produced the opening sequence. Public Domain is sponsored by Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Wilson Center Guitar Festival, and Transfer Pizzeria Café.