Elvis Brought People Together, And So Does His Biggest Fan

Elvis Brought People Together, And So Does His Biggest Fan

“Elvis sang from his soul and captured the whole world.”
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Whether you know him by his eccentric jumpsuits, cool cat cars, or smooth baritone vocal chops, Elvis Presley’s memory is still very much alive even decades after his death. He started as a nobody with Sun Records, went on to record over 800 songs, and earned himself the prestigious title of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

One of his devoted, and perhaps youngest, fan is Amanda Lyn, a local rockabilly artist. What exactly is 'rockabilly,' you ask? She describes it as an early form of rock 'n' roll, merging '40s and '50s country western music with gospel and R&B from African American traditions. "It broke down racial barriers that existed in music in the South during the 1950s.” Amanda’s work is directly inspired by this style including artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and more.

Being in her early 20s, I was curious how she found such an admiration for such a role model. She was simply curious, describing her fascination as a ‘snowball effect.’ She attended her first Elvis Festival a few years ago and coincidentally met a couple who eventually hired her as a backup singer for Colorado concerts (pictured above) featuring Cody Ray Slaughter, Graceland's 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. She came to learn a saying: “If you’re an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary. If you’re not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible.”

Amanda Lyn gushed about Elvis Presley’s genuine heart and inspiring attitude. “Pretty much all the odds were stacked against him. He was poor, had no formal training in music, and was driving a truck for a living when he hit it big… The crazy thing was he didn’t set out to be a rebel, he did it just by being himself.” His charisma and voice caught Sun Studio’s attention and his provocative dance moves and incorporation of black music challenged what society called normal.

She praised the connections and friendships she has found in the Elvis community. Inspired by Elvis’s ability to bring all kinds of people together with music, Amanda Lyn collaborated with other musicians to help bring her musical stylings to life (pictured below): Matt Juliano (mandolin) and Justin Braun (percussion) are members of a local acoustic Americana band called Beemo, and myself (upright bass). Vital to the process was Wholehearted Productions, the studio responsible for the recording and post-production aspects of the process.

I picked the rest of the band’s brains about their experience working with Amanda and her unique style of music. Justin felt that “playing with Amanda was like stepping into a time machine. Her stylistic choices transport both performer and listener to the time of early rock and roll’s apex.” Matt, who has partnered with her for numerous live performances, came from a bluegrass and orchestral background. “I wanted to adapt [rockabilly] for the mandolin in an attempt to stretch myself.” Both guys and myself were thoroughly impressed and delighted to be involved.

Particularly inspired by the work done at Sun Studio in Memphis, Amanda decided to have one song on the E.P. be a live take with an accompanying music video. Nowadays, studios record each instrument separately to create literally perfect tracks. But as you may have realized, Amanda doesn’t care for following the norm. “I felt like it would be a cool challenge to try to do it like they did it back in 1955.” A surprise to the modern studio, Amanda actually wanted the imperfections of a live recording. “Elvis was pre-autotune and pre-photoshop. He just really was that good and that gorgeous!” When comparing the differences of recording technologies, she said “Sometimes I feel like the soul of the music is edited out. In the old recordings, you can feel the energy in the room, and I wanted to give people a taste of that on my E.P..” That live recording experience was where she and her musicians felt the real magic of her homage to Elvis Presley and similar artists of the time.

We all shared plenty of laughs and lessons learning how to help enhance her music. Matt says, “The main thing I learned about Elvis from working with Amanda is that he's really good. I understand the hubbub.’" Her E.P., Timeless, includes six original songs that follow her personal path of finding love with a cowboy. It will be available on all digital streaming sites and on her website this June.
Cover Image Credit: Brandon Ranger

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

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Who Knows My Boyfriend Better: Me Or His Best Friend?

Can romance beat bro-mance? We'll find out.

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I've been dating my boyfriend, Caleb, for almost two years now. I feel like we share plenty of common interests and know a lot about each other. But, as many people do, my boyfriend has a best friend: Korey. Caleb and Korey are so close that I often joke that he would probably leave me to be with Korey. So, I thought it would be fun to put that to the test. I asked Caleb to quiz Korey and me to see who knows more about what Caleb likes. These are the results:

1. Favorite Movie (3 acceptable answers)

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Morgan: Top Gun. That was one of the first movies you showed me so I'm going with Top Gun.

Korey: 50/50, because I am the purveyor of taste and I introduce all good movies to him.

Caleb: 50/50, Limitless, or 2049

Point: Korey

2. Favorite Food

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Morgan: Any kind of pasta.

Korey: Geez... Chicken wings?

Caleb: Pizza

Caleb likes lots of foods but, unfortunately, neither of us got this one.

3. Favorite Color

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Morgan: Blue

Korey: He has none, he's colorblind. (Just kidding, I think it's blue.)

Caleb: Blue

This one was easy. Point: both.

4. Favorite Show

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Morgan: Silicon Valley. You watch a lot of TV shows so it's hard to know exactly which one is your favorite.

Korey: That 70's Show

Caleb: How I Met Your Mother

Caleb later told me that either one of our answers would have been his second choice. But they weren't his first so, again, no one gets the point.

5. Favorite Song

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Morgan: "Free Bird"

Korey: "Free Bird"

Caleb: "Free Bird"

Again, another easy question. Caleb plays this song all the time. Point: both.

6. Favorite Actor

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Morgan: Paul Rudd? I feel like this is wrong but I'm going with Paul Rudd.

Korey: Tom Cruise. I think he said he was his second favorite, but when I asked him what his favorite was, he said he didn't know...Tom Cruise it is then.

Caleb: Tom Cruise

Hello?! Tom Cruise is in Top Gun, how did I get question one wrong? Whatever. Point: Korey

7. Favorite Candy

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Morgan: Sour Patch Watermelon

Korey: (Expletive.) I don't know. Lifesavers? Do those count as candy?

Caleb: Strawberry Sour Patch

My answer was closest seeing as I guess the correct candy just the wrong flavor, so we all agreed that I get the point.

8. Favorite Film Series

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Morgan: Wet Hot American Summer. I don't even know if this is a series but I know you like it. Again, you watch a lot of movies.

Korey: Middle Earth

Caleb: Lord of The Rings

Point: no one

9. Favorite Book Series

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Morgan: Percy Jackson? You don't read much.

Korey: … Middle Earth?

Caleb: Percy Jackson

We both love the Percy Jackson books. Point: Morgan

10. Favorite Band

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Morgan: Journey. You went to their concert so that's what I'm going with.

Korey: AC/DC? Or Journey? I'm gonna go with Journey. This is hard.

Caleb: Journey

Point: both

11. Favorite Solo Artist

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Morgan: Ed Sheeran

Korey: Ed Sheeran

Caleb: Lil Dicky

Korey and I agree that we were robbed this round. Point: no one

12. Favorite Shirt

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Morgan: Either the "Allegedly" shirt or that blue one that says something about pizza.

Korey: "Allegedly." The blue one. The one he got from Rooster Teeth.

Caleb: "Allegedly"

He wears this shirt probably twice a week. Point: both

13. Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Hero

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Morgan: Star-Lord. I would say Thor but you laugh more at Peter Quill so I'm going with him.

Korey: Thor

Caleb: Thor

I was so close, too. Point: Korey

14. Favorite MCU Movie

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Morgan: Thor: Ragnarok

Korey: Thor: Ragnarok

Caleb: Thor: Ragnarok

Easy. Point: both

15. Favorite Soda

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Morgan: Dr. Pepper

Korey: It got hard again. Dr. Pepper? I might be thinking of someone else.

Caleb: Dr. Pepper

Point: both

16. Favorite YouTube Channel

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Morgan: Rooster Teeth

Korey: Rooster Teeth. The place he got his shirt from.

Caleb: Achievement Hunter or Rooster Teeth

Another easy question, he loves Rooster Teeth. Point: both

17. Favorite Comedian

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Morgan: John Mulaney

Korey: John Mulaney (See commentary from question 1, but substitute "comedy.")

Caleb: John Mulaney

Point: both

18. Favorite Director

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Morgan: Christopher Nolan? I don't keep up with directors and you know that so I feel sabotaged.

Korey: He told me the other day it was David Fincher. If he says a different answer I should still get partial credit because he's a liar.

Caleb: David Fincher

This is rigged. Point: Korey

19. Favorite Lord of the Rings Movie

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Morgan: Fellowship of the Ring? They're all the same to me.

Korey: Return of the King

Caleb: Return of the King

Again, this is rigged. Point: Korey

20. Favorite Star Wars Movie

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Morgan: Empire Strikes Back, solely because this is the only one I know the name of. (I've never watched Star Wars.)

Korey: New Hope

Caleb: New Hope

I'm telling you, it's rigged. Point: Korey.

So, the end score totals to Korey with fourteen points and me with ten. Evidently, bro-mance beat romance in this case. While I'm slightly disappointed that I was beaten (though we all know I was set up to fail by the end), I'm happy to know that Caleb has friends who know him so well. And we all know I love him the most anyway.

Overall, this was a super fun game and I highly encourage you all to play with your friends and your significant others! They might just surprise you.

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