Milwaukee Record is proud to present Public Domain. The music 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.
“Go Tell It On The Mountain” is one of the most celebrated gospel songs of all time. The spiritual dates back to at least the mid-1800s. In 1907, choral director, music educator, and songwriter John Wesley Work Jr. published the “collected” work in a book of songs. Work also potentially had a role in the song’s composition, though that claim is unconfirmed. More than 110 years later, Lex Allen decided to take his turn at reprising the time-tested worship song.
Along with the help of Jacob Bach’s backing vocals and Evan Lane’s string accompaniment, the beloved Milwaukee singer takes a song almost everyone in western culture knows and transforms it into something unique and altogether his own. Allen joins a vast, varied, and innumerable cast of musicians who’ve covered the seminal secular song. Just a few of the notable musicians who’ve taken a turn with “Go Tell It On The Mountain” include the likes of Bobby Darin, Simon & Garfunkel, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Dolly Parton, Vanessa Williams, Garth Brooks, James Taylor, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Smokey Robinson, Neil Diamond, Hanson, and so many more.
The video was shot, directed, and edited by Cheston Van Huss, with additional camera support by Ben Schaefer, and lighting by Grant Steskal. Public Domain is sponsored by Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Lakefront Brewery, PrideFest Milwaukee, and Transfer Pizzeria Café.