Holly Norman gives The King the Bluegrass treatment on her new album, Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis, which was released October 14th. The collection, which includes twelve Elvis Presley tunes as well as one original written by Norman, features special guests James Burton, who was Elvis's legendary guitarist, and Elvis backing quartet Terry Blackwood & The Imperials as well as top notch players including Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Aubrey Haynie, Glen Duncan, Scott Vestal, Kevin Grantt, Alan Bartram, and Justin Moses.
Norman dives right in on the jaunty opening track, “C.C. Rider,” before slowing things down on the stirring “In The Ghetto” and heartfelt “Always On My Mind.” She and her capable musicians tackle such well known tunes as “Suspicious Minds,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Viva Las Vegas” in ways so refreshing that you’ll fall in love with them in totally new ways. Norman rounds out the well done collection with “Separate Ways” and “Kentucky Rain” before closing with a respectful rendition of “Sweet, Sweet Spirit.”
Norman’s vocals are classic country, incredibly smooth, and easy on the ears and alongside the Bluegrass arrangements make this tribute one that you’ll want to add to your collection whether you love Elvis, Bluegrass or both.