Brad Paisley added a country twang — and a healthy dose of wah-wah pedal — to Color Me Badd’s Nineties R&B swagger during a delightfully weird performance of “I Wanna Sex You Up” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday.
The performance marked the first installment in Kimmel‘s latest “Mash Up Monday” series, and the artists were aptly renamed “Color Me Bradd” for the occasion. Their powers blended easily together, with Color Me Badd frontman Bryan Abrams’ vocals soaring over Paisley’s astonishing assortment of guitar tricks.
With backup singers Mark Calderon and Sam Watters dutifully “ooh ohh ohh”-ing and bounding across the stage, Paisley traded lyrics with Abrams and delivered the song’s sultry spoken word bridge with an earnest Southern drawl. Fittingly, Paisley returned to his trusted wah-wah pedal to close out the song, flying up and down the fretboard alongside Abrams’ final vocal run.
Kimmel has yet to announce any other pairings for the rest of November’s “Mash Up Monday” performances. The show debuted the series in February with collaborations between Weezer and ZZ Top, Kenny G and Warren G, Morris Day and the Time and Haim, and Blackstreet and Aloe Blacc.