On Saturday 1st September 2018 at the Mitchel Arts Centre, Hanley Gordon’s new CD “Unplugged” was launched with a stunning concert played to a packed audience..
Probably every Elvis Presley fan has wondered what kind of songs he would be recording if he were still with us.
What songs of today would he choose to release?
How might “The King” re-do his hits to modernize them or keep them fresh?
What would his voice sound like if it were stripped bare with just a minimum of instrumentation behind?
Wonder no more.
2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and multi award winning performer Gordon Hendricks has given us a glimpse into what might have been with his new CD & Concert “Unplugged”.
Gordon has updated and rearranged beloved Elvis songs including “Am I Ready” “ Just Pretend” and “Let It Be Me”
The new arrangement of “Suspicious Minds” will make you hear the lyrics in a way you may not have heard before.
The bare bones accompaniment behind Gordon’s strong vocals made me feel like I was hearing the songs for the first time and falling in love with them all over again.
I found myself taken to a simpler place and time while listening to the remakes of the everly Brothers “Crying in the Rain” and “Dream”.
Gordon takes on a variety of genres-some with a country feel including Garth Brook’s “To Make You Feel My Love” moving on to Snow Patrol’s achingly beautiful “Run” while “Steamy Windows” will have you searching for the nearest dance floor.
If you have followed Gordon Hendrick’s career, I promise you, you have never heard him quite like this.
As a fan who saw Elvis live in concert – I believe there is no other artist who sounds more like the real thing than Gordon. That is his gift. In this recording, he is not moving away from Elvis – its more like he is re-imagining how it might have been if only…….and he brings us all along for the amazing ride.
“Unplugged” is an emotional journey which will go straight to your heart.
As with every Elvis record, Gordon’s “Unplugged” will leave you singing along and wanting more.
To produce a CD and performance of this nature leaves the vocalist totally exposed and can only be performed by an artiste with exceptional talent – Gordon is World Class and has a brilliant vocal ability that has allowed him to produce a truly wonderful CD.