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Guests & Performers

Elvis Week

Guests & Performers

Below you will find a list of special guests, hosts and entertainment for Elvis Week 2018. To learn more about purchasing tickets, schedule of events and more, please visit ElvisWeek.com.

special appearances

Lisa Marie Presley

Listening Party for "Where No One Stands Alone" Album Release featuring Lisa Marie Presley
The new Elvis gospel record, "Where No One Stands Alone," features a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album's title track and spiritual touchstone. Lisa Marie, who also co-produced the album, will celebrate the album's release with a special listening party event during Elvis Week, where we will listen to the title track for the first time at Graceland.  

Hosts

DJ Argo

Fan Club Presidents' Event, Elvis Fan Reunion
The year 2018 will mark Argos’ 13th anniversary on Elvis Radio, broadcasting live from Graceland on Sirius XM. He’s been an Elvis fan as long as he can remember and loves meeting people from all around the world who visit Graceland. In addition to his involvement in various Elvis related events, Argo produces special events with individuals and municipalities, like fireworks displays and concerts. When you’re at Graceland, stop by the studio and say “hi”. Argo will probably have you pick your favorite Elvis song and shout out to the world on Elvis Radio.

Tom Brown

Elvis Fan Reunion; Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Co-Stars; Inside the Archives; Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special; Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections; Elvis Week Brunch
Tom Brown is the former vice president of original productions for Turner Classic Movies. While at TCM, Brown was the executive in charge of production on special Elvis Presley projects featuring Priscilla Presley, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, George Klein, Joe Esposito and the TCB Band. He has been the host of many Elvis Week events, interviewing Elvis' band members, personal friends and movie costars; and he can also be found hosting some of our recent Gates of Graceland videos. Prior to his tenure at TCM, Tom worked as a reporter/producer for TNT Network and at TV and radio stations in St. Louis and Shreveport. He began his television career in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, at WTVA. Every June he returns home to host the Tupelo Elvis Festival. His production company, Mean Machine 22, is currently working on several TV projects and live events.

Andy Childs

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
Andy is the co-producer of the new Elvis gospel album, "Where No One Stands Alone." He has opened for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band, and many other top country stars. The Memphis native has released two albums and has played in the house bands for "Nashville," "Nashville Star," "Next Superstar" and "Can You Duet." He's a managing partner and CEO of Veritable Music, an independent publishing and production company with a staff of six songwriters. He has had songs recorded by the likes of Blackhawk, Chris Cagle, George Canyon and more. 

Joey Sulipeck

Elvis Tribute Artist Showcase;  Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round; Elvis: Greatest Hits Concert; Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round
Joey Sulipeck is a lifelong Memphian and is currently the Chief Meteorologist with FOX13, the FOX News affiliate in Memphis, Tenn. He’s been active in working with Elvis Presley Enterprises for the past decade.  He was a returning host of Graceland’s annual Candlelight VigilCast and has hosted the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest since the beginning.  He’s a two-time Emmy Award winner, a member of the National Weather Association, a member of Mensa, and a true-blue Elvis fan.


ONLINE Hosts

Jon Waterhouse

Elvis Week Blogger
An award-winning entertainment journalist, Jon Waterhouse regularly contributes to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, and his byline has appeared in a variety of publications including Esquire, BlackBook, and online at MTV.com and StarWars.com. He’s also lent his talents to iconic names in the music business, including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Van Halen. Yet his lifelong love for Elvis runs deep, and he counts his Presley-related projects as some of his all-time favorites. A veteran Elvis Week blogger, he also produces and hosts hour-long guest DJ specials for Elvis Radio on Sirius XM, including a backstage look at the “Million Dollar Quartet” musical, a Christmas show that airs annually and more. Make sure and stop Jon during your Elvis Week visit for some kingly conversation and an Elvis geek-out session.      

Dean Z

Elvis Fan Reunion; ElvisWeek.com ETA Video Host 
Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis. Dean got his start in the tribute artist world in Las Vegas at the age of 17. For the next 12 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to "The Memphis Flash" in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States. Dean soon earned a spot with the World's Greatest Live Tribute Show, "Legends in Concert," then in 2007, moved to headlining the show in Branson, Missouri. After winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in 2013, Dean received the Heart Of The King Award in Las Vegas at the former Las Vegas Hilton, on the same stage the Elvis himself performed over 700 shows during the 1970’s. Dean also had the pleasure of being a part of the national touring production "Elvis Lives," a live musical highlighting Elvis’ career that features world champions from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Special GUESTS


Steve Binder

Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special
Steve Binder is an EMMY and ACE award winning producer, director, writer, educator and Golden Globe nominee. His first feature film, "The T.A.M.I. Show," quoting the Los Angeles times, "is the greatest of all rock 'n' roll films." Steve has written, produced and directed dozens of television specials including multiple Diana Ross specials, "Petula" with British songstress Petula Clark, and Harry Belafonte. On four separate occasions he has been the guest speaker at the William S. Paley Space Center where evenings were devoted to his work in the entertainment industry. In 1968 he conceived, directed and produced "Elvis." He has written a book about that experience, called "Comeback '68 Elvis: The Story of the Elvis Special," which will be released later this year. He is currently an active member of The Directors and Producers Guilds of America. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

Billy Blackwood

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
Billy Blackwood has spent the majority of his life in music. Billy’s dad, James, was an original member of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. The Blackwood Brothers began in Mississippi in the 1930's and have taken gospel music around the world. They, of course, were an early influence on Elvis Presley. Billy began traveling with the Blackwood Brothers as a teenager, making the career switch to secular music in the mid-seventies as part of Voice, an opening act with the Elvis Presley show. Billy also played drums with J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet in his early years. Before the Stamps, J.D. sang bass in the Blackwood Brothers, joining them when Billy was just a year old. Before leaving to manage the Stamps, J.D. and Billy’s dad, James, were best friends and business partners. Billy states, “J.D. was like my second dad.” Billy is currently the leader/manager of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, singing approximately 150 concerts a year in the U.S., Canada and abroad. 

Terry Blackwood

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Terry's distinctive vocal styling has been featured on many chart topping singles while associated with two highly acclaimed vocal groups - "Elvis' Imperials" and "Andrus, Blackwood & Co." Terry is currently singing selected solo dates at churches around the country and also with The Imperials around the world and here in the U.S.

Allan Blye

Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special
Writer Allan Blye penned many award-winning TV shows and specials, including Elvis' 68 Special. He also produced and wrote for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," "The Andy Williams Show," "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," and more. He has been nominated for several Emmy Awards, and won two, one for his work on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and another for "Van Dyke and Company."

Michael Dante

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Co-Stars
Award-winning actor and author Michael Dante starred alongside Elvis in 1962's "Kid Galahad." Michael also starred in films such as "Winerhawk," "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "Born Reckless" and "Apache Rifles." He also guest starred on TV shows such as "Colt 45," "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives" and "Perry Mason." Michael, a former minor league baseball player for the Washington Senators, has also hosted his own syndicated radio talk show. 

Former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
One of the great names in Southern gospel, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet were Elvis' male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Members during the group's time spent with Elvis include: J.D. Sumner, Bill Baize, Tony Brown, Ed Enoch, Dave Rowland, Richard Sterban, Larry Strickland, Donnie Sumner, Ed Wiedman and others. J.D. Sumner & The Stamps were part of the early tours of the recent hit show Elvis Presley in Concert and continued as a group until J.D.'s death in 1998.

Billy Goldenberg

Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special
Billy Goldenberg's professional life has been divided between theater, films and television. He began his career on Broadway and later made the leap to television and movies. He served as musical director for Elvis' '68 Special, and he also worked with Barbra Streisand and Petula Clark on their TV programs. Following his success with the '68 Special, Goldenberg wrote music for television shows and TV movies such as "To Catch a Thief," "Ironside" and "Name of the Game," and he wrote scores for "Fear No Evil," Steven Spielberg's "Night Gallery," "Dark Victory," "Columbo," "Kojak" and more. He also wrote the score for Elvis' final feature film, "Change of Habit." Billy won four Emmys for his work in television. In 2001, he returned to the theater, where he and Bea Arthur created her one-woman show, "An Evening with Bea Arthur," with Billy accompanying her on piano. Today Billy is focused on writing non-fiction works about his experiences in show business.

Betty Harper

Meet 'n' Greet and Shows
Known by many as the "Elvis Artist," Betty Harper has spent a majority of her career creating artwork for the Tennessee music scene. As the artist of Elvis Presley Enterprises, she is responsible for much of the art seen on Elvis mugs, postcards and other memorabilia. At the one-year anniversary of Elvis' death, Betty created the art for a billboard, called "The American Trilogy," near Graceland which acted as a memorial to Elvis. She has attended nearly every Elvis Week since its inception, and she has created more than 20,000 images of Elvis.

Lowell Hays

Meet 'n' Greet and Shows
Lowell Hays first met Elvis in 1969 at Graceland. By Christmas of 1970, he had become the jeweler to the king. During their years together, Lowell made over 200 pieces of jewelry for Elvis. A few examples include Elvis’ TCB ring, his lion pendant and chain, the "Aloha from Hawaii" horseshoe ring, his American flag pin, Elvis’ ID bracelet and the big Maltese cross. Hayes continues to make Elvis-inspired pieces including both his fine and fashion lines featuring items made from the original molds of the kings’ jewelry.


Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
Gospel and soul artist Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston began her career as a member of The Sweet Inspirations, who sang back-up for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield and Wilson Pickett. The Sweet Inspirations sang back-up for Elvis in Las Vegas during July and August 1969. Cissy then embarked on her solo career, recording hit soul and gospel records. She won two Grammy Awards for her gospel recordings. For more than 50 years, she has led the 200-member Youth Inspirational Choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.


John Jackson

Listening Party for "Where No One Stands Alone" Album Release featuring Lisa Marie Presley
John Jackson graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with the world's first BA in Rock and Roll History via the school's prestigious Individualized Major Program. His senior thesis work concentrated on the life and music of Elvis Presley and how he shaped the multi-media age. John began working at Sony Music's Legacy Recordings in 1998 and has since worked on catalog releases with the company's biggest acts, including AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison. He's currently the Vice President of A&R and Content Development at Legacy Recordings, where he oversees all audio, visual and packaging for releases.

Mark Kogan

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections
Mark Kogan saw Elvis in Concert in 1972 in his hometown of Chicago. Four years later he was touring with Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and many more music icons as a promoter rep for the legendary impresario, the late Jerry Weintraub and for Concerts West. He traveled with Colonel Tom Parker, helping to set up the hotels Elvis stayed in, worked with Charles Stone at the Elvis concerts, traveled with boxes of printed tickets in hand to put tickets on sale for Elvis' tour dates, and even once got to tell the audience that Elvis had left the building. One of the saddest moments came for him when learning about Elvis' death 41 years ago and then having to relay that news to Frank Sinatra.   

Tanya Lemani

Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special
Dancer Tanya Lemani was featured on Elvis' iconic '68 Special as a belly dancer. Lemani's belly dancing career led her to headlining her own Las Vegas show and making guest appearances on shows such as "Star Trek," "It Takes a Thief," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Get Smart," "The Flying Nun," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," and more. She also co-starred with Bob Hope, William Shatner and many more. She has written her autobiography, "Have Belly Will Travel," and she is currently writing screenplays. 

Darlene Love

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Co-Stars
Singer and actress Darlene Love was a member of the girl group The Blossoms, which eventually led her to being noticed by producer Phil Spector. In addition to The Blossoms, Darlene's distinctive voice can be heard with The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans and as background for the likes of Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Cher and countless other singers. The Blossoms were part of Elvis' '68 Special, and Love appeared in Elvis' final feature film, "Change of Habit," as an uncredited background singer. She also starred in all four "Lethal Weapon" films, and she is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield

Elvis Fan Club Presidents' Event
Rex Mansfield was inducted into the Army on the same day with Elvis Presley in March 1958. He went with him through basic and advanced training in Fort Hood, Texas, and traveled with the king to Germany, where they became close friends for the next 18 months. Elisabeth Stefaniak was a young 19-year-old German girl in 1958, and was hired to answer Elvis' fan mail. She worked for Elvis for over 18 months before marrying Rex Mansfield in 1960 in Tennessee. This June they celebrate their 58th year of marriage. Their story has been chronicled in many books and articles, including Rex Mansfield’s new autobiography, “Living the Moments: My Journey with Elvis, Elisabeth and Jesus.”    

Donna Rhodes Morris

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections 
Donna was born and raised in Memphis by a family that became Memphis music legends, The Rhodes Show. She and sister Sandra were nominated as the “Lonesome Rhodes” in 1967 for their RCA album, produced by Chet Atkins and Felton Jarvis. In 1969, Rhodes was called to American Sound Studios by Chips Moman to sing on album project. There she sang harmony on the original Elvis recordings of “In The Ghetto," “Kentucky Rain” and “Suspicious Minds." She also sang on all of Al Green’s hits from the 1970s, including “Let’s Stay Together," “Love and Happiness” and “Tired Of Being Alone."  She has sung harmony live and in the studio with The Bee Gees, Boz Scaggs, Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Dolly Parton, KC and the Sunshine Band, Loretta Lynn, Clint Black, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, John “Cougar” Mellencamp, Conway Twitty, Harry Chapin, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.

Ann Moses

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections 
Ann Moses is the former editor of Tiger Beat magazine. She attended the taping of Elvis' '68 Special, where she sat on the stage. Ann also attended Elvis' opening night at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and spent two days on the set of "Change of Habit." She is also a part of the documentary "Elvis: That's the Way It Is." She wrote the liner notes for "Elvis Live in Vegas: August 28, 1969 Dinner Show." Ann has shared her Elvis memories, as well as her stories of working with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Monkees, David Cassidy and more in her memoir, "Meow! My Groovy Life with Tiger Beat's Teen Idols."  

Jim Murray

Conversations on Elvis: Gospel
Tenor Jim Murray served as a member of The Imperials for 20 years and, during that time, backed artists such as Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean, Carol Channing and Pat Boone. The Imperials released more than 50 albums and won five Grammy Awards and Dove Awards. Since his time with The Imperials, Jim has enjoyed a solo career and has also performed and recorded with the Gaither Vocal Band. Jim now serves as Music Director at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. 

Millie Perkins

Conversations on Elvis: Co-Stars
Actress Millie Perkins starred as Betty Lee in Elvis' 1961 drama "Wild in the Country." Perkins became a star in 1959 when she starred as the title character in "The Diary of Anne Frank." She also starred the westerns "The Shooting" and "Ride in the Whirlwind," and during her later career, she starred in films such as "The Chamber" and "Wall Street." Perkins starred as Elvis' mother, Gladys, in the 1990 miniseries "Elvis."

Joe Petruccio

Meet 'n' Greet and Shows
Bringing the art of portraits to an entirely new level, Joe Petruccio has combined his drawing and painting skills to create a most fascinating and compelling style of his own. Petruccio's ever-growing series of paintings and drawings of Elvis have always been a driving force in his life. Joe is highly respected and collected among many people in the music and entertainment industry. His works hang in the collections of notables such as Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Sylvester Stallone, among many others.

Norbert Putnam

Elvis Fan Reunion
Norbert Putnam, known as "Putt" by Elvis, played bass on the first hit records that established “Muscle Shoals” as a recording destination. In 1964 the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section opened the first American Beatles concert in Washington, D.C. Later that year Putnam moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashville’s busiest pop-rock bassist playing on thousands of recordings by such diverse artists such as Elvis and Roy Orbison. In 1970, Norbert and David Briggs opened Quadrafonic Studio and formed Danor Music Publishing. Putnam was to become Nashville’s top pop/rock producer and Quad became Nashville’s number one independent studio.

T.G. Sheppard

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections
While promoting records for RCA, T.G. Sheppard formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.'s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time. Sheppard, a country singer-songwriter, has scored 14 number-one hits, including "I Loved 'Em Every One," "Slow Burn" and "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven," on the U.S. country charts.

Ginny Tiu

Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Co-Stars
Ginny Tiu was a child prodigy pianist, who was discovered by Ed Sullivan when she was 5 years old. Subsequently, she performed on all the other major television shows, including Perry Como, The Tonight Show, Danny Thomas, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and many more. She was asked by Col. Tom Parker to do the movie, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” with Elvis when she was 8 years old. He was very pleased with her performance and asked her to do another movie with Elvis, “It Happened at the World’s Fair," but due to prior commitments, she was not able to, so her sister, Vicky Cayetano, did it. Ginny has performed for President John F. Kennedy and President George Bush. She traveled the world doing concerts, including at Carnegie Hall.  She continues to perform in Hawaii, where she lives, but because she has 10 rescue dogs from the Hawaiian Humane Society, she has to turn down offers to travel now. She will make this special trip to join us because she wants to share the wonderful memories she has of Elvis. Learn more about Ginny Tiu.

Ronnie Tutt

Elvis Week Brunch; Elvis: Live in Concert
The longest tenured members of Elvis’ concert rhythm group were James Burton (lead guitar, 1969-77), Glen D. Hardin (piano 1970-76), Jerry Scheff (bass guitar, 1969-77), Ronnie Tutt ( drums, 1969-77), and John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar, 1969-77). They are known collectively as the TCB Band and, other than Elvis’ first band in the 1950s, are the players most closely identified with Elvis. Tutt, a Dallas, Texas, native, later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He has recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald. 

Entertainment

Terry Blackwood and The Imperials

The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert
Terry Blackwood, who performed alongside Elvis with The Imperials, has joined forces with Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor, creating a contemporary gospel sound. Terry Blackwood is the son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Over the years, The Imperials, in its various membership incarnations, have released over 40 albums, racking up 12 Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. The Imperials have all been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 

Celine Lee & the Texas Three

A Musical Salute to Elvis
Rockabilly singer-songwriter Celine Lee grew up listening to a variety of music, from rockabilly to punk rock, from country to traditional folk music. She was discovered by Dale Watson and has written many songs with him. Celine Lee released her self-titled debut album in 2017. 

DJ Argo

Elvis Week Dance Party
Dance the night away with an Elvis Presley tribute as Elvis Radio's DJ Argo plays your favorite Elvis music. Argo, who spun tracks at previous Elvis Week dance parties, is celebrating his 13th anniversary at Elvis Radio and loves meeting people from all around the world who visit Graceland. In addition to his involvement in various Elvis-related events, Argo produces special events with individuals and municipalities, like fireworks displays and concerts.  

Former Members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland

The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert; Elvis Live in Concert - with an All-Star Band
One of the great names in Southern gospel, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet were Elvis' male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Members during the group's time spent with Elvis include: J.D. Sumner, Bill Baize, Tony Brown, Ed Enoch, Dave Rowland, Richard Sterban, Larry Strickland, Donnie Sumner, Ed Wiedman and others. J.D. Sumner & The Stamps were part of the early tours of the recent hit show Elvis Presley in Concert and continued as a group until J.D.'s death in 1998.


Gladys and Maybelle

A Musical Salute to Elvis
Gladys and Maybelle are Texas bred songbirds who began singing in the Fort Worth Stockyards in August 2010 when they took to the streets to raise money for their yearly voyage to Elvis Week, Memphis, Tennessee. After the warm Fort Worth welcome, they continued on with their act, incorporating favorite old-school country songs into their repertoire. They have since written and recorded "Memphis Cash," a full-length album of original songs. This singing duo is not hard to spot in their colorful, vintage dresses, petticoats and pillbox hats. For years these two sisters were heard most weekends singing their sibling harmonies and adding to that special magic that the Fort Worth Stockyards holds. Nowadays the Singing Sisters, as HGTV named them, can be spotted at various venues and events in the Lone Star State and beyond warbling their trademark Folkabilly sound.

Darlene Love

Darlene Love in Concert
Singer and actress Darlene Love was a member of the girl group The Blossoms, which eventually led her to being noticed by producer Phil Spector. In addition to The Blossoms, Darlene's distinctive voice can be heard with The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans and as background for the likes of Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Cher and countless other singers. The Blossoms were part of Elvis' '68 Special, and Love appeared in Elvis' final feature film, "Change of Habit," as an uncredited background singer. She also starred in all four "Lethal Weapon" films, and she is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..


NIKO

NIKO Live in Concert 
Italian singing star Niko has opened for Celine Dion, toured with Chicago and the Doobie Bros. and performed to a sold-out, standing ovation audience at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

T.G. Sheppard

TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang in Concert
While promoting records for RCA, T.G. Sheppard formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.'s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time. Sheppard, a country singer-songwriter, has scored 14 number-one hits, including "I Loved 'Em Every One," "Slow Burn" and "Do You Wanna Go to Heaven," on the U.S. country charts.

Dale Watson

A Musical Salute to Elvis
Dale Watson is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has flown the flag for classic honky tonk for more than two decades. He's christened his brand of American roots "Ameripolitan." He's released more than 25 albums, and since the release of "El Rancho Azul" in 2013, his profile rose considerably via appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Austin City Limits" and "The Sun Sessions." A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days of the year. He took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky tonks, The Little Longhorn Saloon and The Big T Roadhouse. If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.


Elvis Tribute Artists

 

Bill Cherry

2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; ELVIS: The Greatest Hits Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Show
Elvis was Bill Cherry’s first inspiration as a young music fan. He has been paying homage to Elvis since 1989. He’s such a fan that he even drives a Stutz Blackhawk like Elvis. Cherry was the first ETA to win first at the preliminary round in Tupelo, Mississippi – where Elvis was born – followed by his win at the Ultimate contest in Memphis. He was honored by Time magazine as a top Elvis tribute artist.

Gordon Hendricks

2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; ELVIS: The Greatest Hits Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Show, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round
Gordon Hendricks of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, was a barber who became known as the "Singing Barber of Stoke," before becoming an Elvis tribute artist. He became a fan of Elvis as a child, and he loves paying tribute to the king. 

Cody Slaughter

2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winner; ELVIS: The Greatest Hits Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Show
Arkansas native Cody Slaughter has performed around the world as Elvis. He starred in the musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in many productions, such as Legends in Concert, 50s at The Hop and Liverpool Legends. Cody has appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” 

Victor Trevino, Jr.

ELVIS: The Greatest Hits Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Show
Victor Trevino Jr. is from Fort Worth, Texas. He has been performing in the arts for a number of years and has always loved music and American culture. Once Victor learned about Elvis and his history and impact on American music and pop culture, he started performing his music. Victor’s favorite Elvis song is “Just Pretend.” 

2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinalists

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round
Elvis tribute artists from around the world will compete at Elvis Week 2018. In response to the excitement generated by previous contests, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest features some of the most skilled Elvis tribute artists in the world. See our list of 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Semifinalists.

EAS Band

Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal and Final Rounds
The EAS Band performs note-for-note duplication of Elvis' music and concerts of more than 600 songs. The band performs all over the world backing tribute artists, giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert. The band also provides music for other tribute acts including the Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and more.