"That's All Right Mama" from 68 The Show with Eli Williams

Here's a new video of our Elvis Comeback Special live show. From the "in the round" sit-down part of the show, it's "That's All Right Mama." We're doing the show again on May 23rd at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody.

Featuring Eli Williams as Elvis Presley, with The Memphis Sound band. That's Alex Kelly and me on guitar, with Eric Rasmusson hitting the guitar case as they did in the 1968 TV show, and Mark Hoeppner rocking the tambo.

More information about the show is on our 68 The Show page.

Blue Orchid Cover with student Merlin Matthewson

Here's a new video from one of my young guitar students, Merlin Matthewson. We recorded a cover of the White Stripes' song, "Blue Orchid."

I'm hoping that many more of my students here at the studio will make videos. It's a great opporuntity for them to try out all they learn in these guitar lessons, and have a record of their progress too. It's also a new challenge learning to perform with the tape rolling, so to speak, with a microphone in your face, and perform.

Green Hornet Theme on Guitar

The guitar teacher in me just had to write out the tab so I can post it here as well. This song is quite a work out for both the left and right hands. Turn on some overdrive and add a little compression if you have it to give you more sustain through the opening bars.

Read more: Green Hornet Theme on Guitar

Photos from '68 The Show

Thanks to Sandy Sim for taking some photos of our first performance of '68 The Show: a re-creation of Elvis' 1968 TV Special

We're doing the show again May 23rd at the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody.

Thanks to singer Ron Boudreau who watched the show and wrote this review on Facebook:

a fantastic job of recreating the Elvis 68 comeback special live on stage. My wife and I were extremely impressed with the production. I highly recommend seeing this show.. Eli has a command and feel for the show as he performs all the songs of the special...GREAT job guys we were thoroughly entertained.

68 Show In the Round with Eli Williams and Blue Morris

68 Show Guitar Man Medley with Eli Williams and The Hot Pants

68 Show Gospel Medley with Eli Williams and The Hot Pants

I also just had to take a picture of all the guitar cases. This is the most we've ever had at a gig... yet. Eight guitars! And yes every one of them was needed.

68 Show guitar cases

Here are the Hot Pants dancers backstage before the second set!

68 Show Hot Pants dancers

68 The Show in the Abbotsford News

Eli Williams in the Abbotsford News

One of my bands that I play guitar in, The Memphis Sound with Eli Williams, is in the Abbotsford News this week, talking about our upcoming show: A complete recreation of the Elvis 1968 Comeback TV special. We're doing the whole show live on stage!

More details about the show are here on our Memphis Sound page.

At the beginning of the '68 Special TV project, a nervous Presley had said to the executive producer Bob Finkel: "I want everyone to know what I can really do." And that's exactly what happened. The '68 Special is widely credited with revitalizing his career.

Eli Willilams is an award-winning Elvis impersonator. We are re-creating the 1968 Special live on stage. The show will include all the music, costumes, and even the dance numbers choreographed for three dancers by the The Hot Pants go-go troupe.

The show will include both the "black leather sit down show" in which the band plays classic Elvis tunes in a rehearsal style, the drummer banging on a guitar case rather than drums, and the big production numbers like "Trouble" and "Guitar Man."

Dates

Mar 28, 2015 - MCA Theatre Abbotsford

Elvis Presley Comeback Special recreated live on stage with Eli Williams and the "Memphis Sound." TICKETS: available online from the Brown Paper Tickets.

May 23, 2015 - Inlet Theatre, Port Moody

Elvis Presley Comeback Special recreated live on stage with Eli Williams and the "Memphis Sound." TICKETS: available online from the City of Port Moody.