By KEVIN WARNERSaturday night, Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n Roll”—or the closest thing to him—will perform at the Williamson County Fair in the Ag Expo Center.
Saturday night, Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n Roll”—or the closest thing to him—will perform at the Williamson County Fair in the Ag Expo Center.
Shawn Klush, “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert,” along with his band The Ambassadors, will perform Elvis’ hits for fans on the second day of the Williamson County Fair. The show starts at 8 p.m. on the main stage.
At first glance, Klush may look like a stereotypical Elvis impersonator, but a second look reveals much more.
“Our show consists of keeping the memory alive, the way the guy did it,” said Klush. “You’re talking about Elvis Presley, the entertainer and superstar; you’re also talking about Lisa Marie’s daddy. When we go on stage we carry that with us as well, that’s how far deep we have it.”
Much of the wardrobe and many of the instruments Klush uses are vintage, or actual items Elvis used.
|Shawn Klush performs as Elvis Presley.|
Klush has won many awards performing all over the world as Elvis, but his most gratifying award—apart from the reward of performing for fans—came in 2007 when he won the “First Ultimate Elvis Award” from Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis. He also has three albums and a single of Elvis hit covers to his credit.
The success allows Klush and The Ambassadors to play with many of Elvis’ friends, including The Sweet Inspirations, who will also be at the fair.
Klush enjoys performing overseas, but the Williamson County Fair’s relaxed feel really appeals to him.
“it’s just the folks man, it’ the down home people, it’s the way it is and we like it,” said Klush.
Klush, who hails from Pittston, Pennsylvania, appreciates the fans’ adoration for what he does, but knows that the adoration comes only because of what Elvis accomplished.
“To gain the same adoration Elvis would’ve gotten, it’s very difficult to comprehend it, because I’m a little guy from nowhere, and I just enjoy what I do,” he said. “It’s nice too when somebody pats you on the back, or has a tear in their eye and says, ‘You made me feel like I was there again.’”
Klush credits Presley’s charisma, good looks and good material with keeping his music alive for the fans, and believes it will carry on for years to come.
“It’s like Batman, hot dogs, and apple pie,” said Klush. “The appeal’s always going to be there. He just had something that not everybody had even now.”
Klush and the Ambassadors will perform at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tennessee on August 17 to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death.
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