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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • ASIN: B000SQKZ8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 2007: A Bluegrass Oddity
2. Don't Be Cruel
3. All Shook Up
4. Little Sister
5. Jailhouse Rock
6. Good Rockin' Tonight
7. Burnin' Love
8. Are You Lonesome Tonight
9. A Big Hunk O' Love
10. Mystery Train
11. That's Alright Mama
12. Hound Dog
13. Blue Suede Shoes

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An inventively fun album of Elvis covers melding bluegrass and rockabilly by two of Nashville's hottest songwriters and pickers: Bluegrass/country singer Shawn Camp and rockabilly/country performer Billy Burnette, who spent nearly a decade with Fleetwood Mac and now tours frequently with John Fogerty. Shawn is yin to Billy's yang. And both men are steeped in the snaky soul of the Tennessee-Arkansas mythology of the `50s, born of the spirit of Elvis.

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These days, album-length bluegrass spins on pop-rock music are seemingly ground out on an assembly line, and too often gimmickry trumps substance. That doesn't necessarily invalidate the idea, however. In Elvis Presley's case, it's perfectly valid, given that the B-side of his first Sun single was a driving recasting of Bill Monroe's waltz-tempo "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Driving bluegrass rhythms became a major component of many of Elvis's Sun recordings and of early rockabilly in general. Now, the wrong performers tackling a bluegrass treatment of Elvis could make a hash of it, but that didn't happen this time--Shawn Camp and Billy Burnette know the score. Billy's dad, Dorsey, and uncle, Johnny Burnette, were Memphis rockabilly pioneers. Camp and Burnette approach the material with a fetching blend of passion, humor, and respect for both Presley and no-frills, unadulterated traditional bluegrass, beginning with a smart tongue-in-cheek instrumental reprise of Elvis's introductory theme "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Romping through the seminal '50s standards "That's All Right Mama," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Good Rockin' Tonight," and "Jailhouse Rock," each performance reflects the same energetic intensity--even the latest hit covered, "Burnin' Love." When a then-unknown Elvis met Monroe in 1954, the Father of Bluegrass gave his blessing to Elvis's spin on "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (and incorporated it into his own version). One suspects both legends would feel likewise about this brilliant, exhilarating effort. --Rich Kienzle

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on December 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
THE BLUEGRASS ELVISES, VOL. 1 is a special release, important for a number of reasons. First, it reminds us of the talent the King of Rock & Roll (as well as those around him) had for picking songs that not only sounded great, but had classic potential. Second, it shows us just HOW classic these songs really are. Next, it's a wonderful showcase for the talents of both Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp. Finally, it's just plain fun! Aside from the classic nature of these tracks, one other thing that really jumps out at you is how well Burnette and Camp work together, beautifully complementing each other (Long a fan of Burnette's ~ if you asked me to name ten of my Most Underrated Artists, he'd be right at the top of the list! ~ I'd only known of Camp as a writing partner for Billy). Burnette's energetic rockabilly grooves are perfectly balanced by Camp's more subdued, classic country leanings. The disc opens with "2007:A Bluegrass Oddity", a short, but spirited, update of the 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY theme, then segues into an easy-going, relaxed version of "Don't Be Cruel." Camp's vocal has just the right amount of twang, while the instrumentation ~ particularly the banjo and mandolin! ~ is crisp and clean. Next up is Burnette with a spirited take on "All Shook Up." Billy's vocals are always top tier, but there seems to be an extra dash of joy in them here, as if he's really getting a kick out of covering a song that (so beautifully) returns him to his roots. Camp once again takes the lead on "Little Sister." With an arrangement that's quick paced and upbeat, and a vocal that's smooth and confidant, this cut has you tapping your toe just minutes into it (pitch perfect harmonies from Burnette only add to the magic).Read more ›
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We played this CD for friends - - who knew nothing of the two artists, but they fell in love with the music. Got them a copy, they listened to it all the way from Colorado back to their home in New York.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philip h mccarty on July 11, 2012
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not what i expected. arrived on time and in good shape. i sent it to a friend in vermont who loves his bluegrass. i have not heard from him but he a bit of a recluse
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greta R. Houston on September 9, 2007
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I haven't receieved this cd yet, but I can't wait! Shawn Camp has elvis channeling through him or something, I have seen a little of it before this album! This is a must-have cd!
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