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Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasions use a cappella to breathe new life into old songs

Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasions have come together on a collaborative album that uses a cappella singing to create a new sound for some of their greatest hits.
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The Barenaked Ladies have a career that spans almost 30 years. Their music is everywhere, from commercials to The Big Band Theory's theme song. And while members have come and gone, their hits like "One Week," "If I Had a Million Dollars," and "Pinch Me," remain Canadian anthems.

For their latest project, the Barenaked Ladies have collaborated with the Persuasions, a group often referred to as the "kings of a cappella," to breathe new life into some of their biggest hits.

The Persuasions are known for their cover albums of artists like Frank Zappa and the Grateful Dead and have appeared on songs with Joni Mitchell and Don McLean. They connected with the Barenaked Ladies at Lou Reed's memorial in 2013, where both groups performed covers of Reed's songs to honour the late singer.

The Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasions joined host Tom Power in studio q to play a few tracks off their collaborative album titled Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and the Persuasions

The album is available April 14, 2017.

— Produced by Tyrone Callender

 

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