HOLLY NORMAN, “Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis,” Freedom Entertainment. 13 tracks.
Holly Norman, an East Tennessee native, grew up hearing stories about how her grandfather, Bill Norman, worked in a band with Roy Acuff around Knoxville.
And how Acuff offered him a chance to go to Nashville with him, when he became famous.
But Bill Norman decided to stay home and raise his children.
Now, Holly Norman has made the move her grandfather didn’t.
After years of honing her skills at Dollywood, the East Tennessee theme park, Norman is now working in Music City.
Her latest album, “Taking Care of Bluegrass,” is a tribute to Elvis Presley.
There are 12 Elvis songs and a tribute — “Long Live The King” — written by Norman.
Songs include “CC Rider,” “In The Ghetto,” “Always On My Mind,” “Moody Blue,” “Love Me Tender/Are You Lonesome Tonight,” “Kentucky Rain,” “Little Cabin Home On The Hill,” “Separate Ways,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “I’ll Remember You” and the gospel, “Sweet Sweet Spirit.”
James Burton, who led Elivs’ TCB Band from 1969 to 1977, joins Norman on “Kentucky Rain.”
And Terry Blackwood & The Imperials, who recorded with Elvis from 1966 to 1971, join her on “Little Cabin Home On The Hill,” “I’ll Remember You” and “Sweet, Sweet Spirit.”
Norman is backed by a strong lineup of bluegrass musicians — Cody Kilby, Stuart Duncan, Aubrey Haynie, Rob Ickes, Glen Duncan and Scott Vestal among them.
She has a good voice and the songs all work well in bluegrass.
If you’re an Elvis fan — and a bluegrass fan — this is for you.
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