'Kentucky Rain' at Elks offers salute to Elvis
Elvis fans will get the chance to fantasize that he's here in the flesh in 2014 and is one of he kings of country music when they see "Kentucky Rain - A Country Music Salute to Elvis Presley" Saturday evening at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
The front man for the ensemble, "Chance Tindeer & Kentucky Rain" is Chance Tinder who put the group together about a year ago. But, his affinity for Elvis the King goes way back to the time when Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers "discovered" him when he was performing in Los Angeles in 1990, Tinder said.
Medley noticed that Tinder's tonality, voice and physical appearance resembled Presley, so he said to him, "You'd be a great Elvis."
More than that, Medley offered Tinder a spot in his group of performers, where he stayed for three years as "Elvis."
Tinder, a Paradise Valley, Arizona, resident since 2000, has been a professional musician for 25 years. "It's been fun," he said of his career that also includes 10 years of headlining with the ShowStoppers at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale.
That is where B Conrad of TAD Management, presenters of Saturday's show, met him and says now, "I'm telling you, my buddy Chance is one of the best Elvis guys out there. His new show features the country side of Elvis, and the band he has is as good as it gets."
When he was younger, Tinder said his taste in music reflected what he had grown up listening to - country, rhythm and blues and even heavy metal.
But, as he got older, he found himself leaning toward the music of Elvis and has made that his focus for the better part of his career, he said.
Elvis and his music are as timeless as "Snow White and Peter Pan," Tinder said.
Tinder and his Kentucky Rain musicians put a "country spin" on Elvis melodies, Tinder said. "It's like fantasy - as if Elvis were alive today in his prime in 2014 doing his best music on stage," Tinder said. "Elvis would be big as a country act," if he were here. "He would be doing his greatest - but country style.
"Elvis was really kind of country," Tinder said. "We just give it a more contemporary country style of today."
Joining Tinder, who is lead vocals and acoustic guitar, are Jimmy Ray Valentine, lead guitar and back-up vocals and musical director; Trace Mortimer, bass guitar and back-up vocals; Tommy Corbin, drums; and Keith Wells, piano.