Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go cat go — to Thane Dunn’s latest show at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre this June for a taste of Elvis’s country music side.
Known all over as a phenomenal Elvis performer, Dunn has stopped at the deCose a few times before to sold-out shows, and he will be returning once more for what may be his last show in Pictou for a while.
After having performed as Elvis for 12 or 13 years now, Dunn likes to switch up the show and give his audience something new each time. This time around, he’s bringing the old school country side of Elvis to the stage.
“Elvis Presley, when he started he was almost a country singer,” said Dunn. As a fan of that type of music himself, Dunn is excited to bring favourites like Always on My Mind and Kentucky Rain to the fans. “I’ve never been this excited about a show in a long time.”
Dunn will have a new opening act as well. To go along with the country theme of the show, Dunn has added the Rhinestone Cowgirl to his show. A backup singer for Dunn, as well as being his wife, the cowgirl has some experience on the stage and is ready to take on the hits of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.
“When she wants to sound like someone, she sounds scary like them,” Dunn said in admiration. “I think people are going to fall in love with her.”
Dunn is excited to have had the chance over the last year or so to be able to work with Bill Daize, who worked on stage with the King himself from 1971 to 1976. Daize has been helping Dunn as a vocal coach and Dunn said Daize has nothing but praise for Dunn and his work.
During his Pictou show and at each of the shows he does until October, Dunn mentioned that he will be doing a draw. Each show, they will choose a winner from the audience and their name will be put into a draw. After the final show in October, a name will be drawn to win an actual toy hound dog that Elvis would have thrown to the crowd at one of his shows. As he tours, Dunn also plans to take the hound dog around to famous places in Nashville and to Graceland, getting photos of the dog’s journey. The winner of the draw will not only get the dog but photos of the dog all over Nashville.
Dunn just finished a series of shows with the Royal Carribean Cruise line and he is trying to line up something with them in the future.
Dunn is pulling out all the stops to give the Pictou audience the full experience. He has had Presley’s favourite suit, dubbed the Embroidered Peacock, remade and will be rocking the full glitz and glam of Presley on stage.
“We always try to not cheap out, we always try to give people the glitz and glamour,” he said.