a Guitar for Elvis
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The Kings of acoustic guitar salute the King of Rock n Roll on a Guitar for Elvis. Imitators come and go but this offering is a completely fresh tribute to Elvis by Grammy winners, Rock stars and renowned guitarists from around the world. These rootsy, bluesy, folky and even experimental instrumental acoustic guitar versions of some of his classic tunes are in keeping with his love of those musical styles and his trend setting persona.
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Anyone into playing guitar, or just likes good guitar music, acoustic here, easy listening.
No one sings or ever will sing like Elvis so the thought of hearing his songs without his voice wasn't something I had ever even really thought about....until now....A GUITAR FOR ELVIS rocks. And I believe Elvis would want his very own copy because it is just THAT good.
Revving up the album is Pat Donohue rockin' it with "All Shook Up" - the PERFECT opener to get the party started. "Mystery Train" is one I had forgotten about until I heard Al Petteway's version - WOW. Once again, the wonderful Doug Smith (who always seems to sound like his heart is doing the playing) delivers a most romantic and sensitive "Can't Help Falling in Love" and the incredible Laurence Juber hits it OUT of the park with his impeccable playing (as usual!!!) on "Suspicious Minds." "Don't" will bring tears to any fan of the slide guitar style when you hear Tim Pacheco's rendition. And speaking of "don't," don't get me started on Kenny Sultan and his bluesy rocking on "Heartbreak Hotel." Contagious! "Little Sister" is expertly executed (with a fun, naughty little edge to it) by Mike Dowling and Ben Vedery's contribution of "Don't Be Cruel" takes the listener (and totally delivers the goods) on some very cool and unexpected twists and turns. "Love Me Tender" is romantic and beautiful and thoughtfully played by Brooks Williams and another great Elvis tune I'd completely forgotten about was brought happily back to mind when I heard "Loving You" by Elliot Easton....just gorgeous. Al Petteway hits the second part of his double header with "Hound Dog" and Eltjo Haselhof expertly rocks the whole rhythm section with his amazing "Jail House Rock." This terrific album is capped off by the Mark Hanson-Doug Smith duet of the classic and infectious "Viva Las Vegas" which is a cool departure from their last collaboration on "Poppin' Guitars: A Tuneful of Sherman" - "It's a Small World"...showing, once again, their versatility and knack for fun and great teamwork.
LOVE this latest from Solid Air Records.....they NEVER disappoint, making their fans only champing at the bit for what's coming up next.
I dare you not to be humming Elvis for a week after listening "A Guitar For Elvis."
ROCK ON!! The King is smilin' down on this one.