Elvis Presley may be dead, but his music never will be. To make sure of that, singer and fiddler Katie Glassman will bring the King’s early tunes back to life today at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret with the Elvis Sun Sessions Tribute Show, featuring songs he recorded at Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955.
When Glassman heard these recordings for the first time, she recognized all the music genres she grew up with and has always loved — rockabilly, Western swing, bluegrass, classic swing and blues. “Especially in these recordings, he really holds on to the roots of American music in every way,” she says. “I think these recordings represent the discovery of one of the greatest singers and performers of all time. It’s the beginning.”
These early recordings are less well-known to the world than Elvis’s later music, like “Blue Suede Shoes” or “Jailhouse Rock,” but they’re an important part of music history, says Glassman, who will perform alongside guitarist Sean McGowan, organist Eric Moon, upright-bassist Charlie Mertens and drummer David Nichols.
Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Lannie’s, 1601 Arapahoe Street. Tickets, $15, can be purchased in advance at www.lannies.com.
Sun., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2013