Today (Friday), the country music community remembers The King — Elvis Presley — on what would have been the rock legend’s 81st birthday. Some of your favorite country stars share their memories and fondness for The King!
Chase Bryant chats about his favorite guitar, which is named after Elvis Presley. “There’s a pink guitar that I play that I call Elvis which is my main guitar. That’s probably the one. It was made by a guy in Los Angeles and it was my seventh grade math teacher that told me that if I kept drawing that on the back of my math exams, it was never going to get me anywhere in life. It’s gotten me everywhere now. So, that’s the one.”
Frankie Ballard reveals the main difference between Elvis and Beatles fans. “He said, ‘Frankie, there’s only two kinds of people in this world. There’s Beatles fans and there’s Elvis fans.’ When I was a kid, I was like, ‘What do you mean, dad? I like the Beatles and I like Elvis. But what do you mean?’ But then I started to understand stylistically what he meant. There’s the guys who wear pinky rings and there’s the guys who don’t. I guess the guys who don’t are Beatles fans, and the guys who do are Elvis fans (laughs). I’m an Elvis fan.”
Garth Brooks comments on sharing the same label — RCA — with Elvis. “You can’t deny its past, it’s history. I was also born on Capitol Records. You can’t deny that past and history. So, I feel very lucky to fly the flag of RCA. But I don’t think the label makes the artist or the artist makes the label. I think music is what makes everything work or not.”
Miranda Lambert chats about the inspiration behind the Platinum track “Priscilla,” which is loosely based on an Elvis and Priscilla documentary. “Any couple that’s in the public eye or any person but especially a couple that’s doing what we’re doing right now is going to get kind of looked at and be pulled apart in different directions all the time. But it’s just a great way to sort of say, ‘Well, here it is. It’s part of what’s going on.’”
Jason Aldean recalls visiting Elvis’ boyhood home with Luke Bryan. “A couple years ago when me and Luke were playing Tupelo, Mississippi, I was like, ‘Dude, I’ve got to go see Elvis’s house — man — where Elvis was born. So we went and saw that place you’ll do stuff like that every now and then.