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Holly Norman takes The King for a Bluegrass Spin

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Taking Care of BluegrassHolly Norman is set to release Taking Care of Bluegrass - A Tribute To Elvis in October 2016. This amazing CD features 12 Elvis songs and 1 original written by Holly, who has ‘grassed up some of the world’s favorite Elvis songs. It is a must-have for Elvis and Bluegrass fans alike. Holly, along with some of Nashville's finest Bluegrass musicians take you on an unbelievable ride through Elvis' musical career. The CD also features special guests James Burton, Elvis's legendary guitarist, and Elvis backing quartet, Terry Blackwood & The Imperials. This is Holly’s second bluegrass release. Appalachian Angel was released in 2014.

Holly says, "It was a long journey to get here, but turned out better than I ever could have imagined! I have always been a huge Elvis fan. He and his music have been big inspirations to me as a singer/songwriter.'

"Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend; without a song. So I keep singing a song.'
  ~ Elvis Presley

"The idea for the album came a couple of years ago right at the gates of graceland," Holly explains. "My sister and I always attend 'Elvis week' and during the candlelight vigil we were talking about Elvis and his music. I was thinking about what my next project should be and like a lightning bolt the idea hit us both! I was going to do a bluegrass tribute to Elvis and his music! we tossed around several ideas about songs and a title. I laughed and said we should call it 'taking care of bluegrass' --as any Elvis fan knows 'TCB' was Elvis' motto throughout his life and I thought this little twist on it was perfect!"

Moody BlueStill unsure about how to do all this, Holly contacted our dear friend Darrell Toney and he loved the idea! He introduced us to Cody Kilby and along with my producer Ernie Rowell we came up with some amazing arrangements for 12 of Elvis' songs. It took over a year to get all the pieces into place to record them, but it was well worth the wait! I had the honor of Elvis' guitarist, the legendary James Burton play resonator guitar on 'Kentucky Rain' and then Terry Blackwood and the Imperials lent their magnificent voices to 3 of my favorites--"Sweet Sweet Spirit," "I'll Remember You" and "Little Cabin Home on the Hill"
along with these special guests, I was able to assemble my 'dream team' of the top musicians in bluegrass music!
led by brilliant guitarist Cody Kilby (of the renowned Kentucky Thunder band) the rest are all masters of their craft:

  • Rob Ickes on dobro
  • Stuart Duncan on fiddle and mandolin
  • Aubrey Haynie on fiddle and mandolin
  • Glen Duncan on banjo and mandolin
  • Scott Vestal on banjo
  • Kevin Grantt on bass
  • Justin Moses on banjo and dobro
  • Alan Bartram on bass

Taking Care of Bluegrass - A Tribute To Elvis contains 12 Elvis songs and one original written by me as a tribute to Elvis, titled "Long Live The King"

I am so honored to be able to show my admiration and respect to the greatest entertainer of all time-Elvis presley! I hope this project will help to keep his memory and music alive as well as bring his music to a whole new generation of fans. it is dedicated to all those who love Elvis.

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