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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Mar 2, 2021

After Justin & Gurdip discuss the official release of the Peloton Elvis remixes, Gurdip sets Justin loose with author Tony Plews to talk about his new book "Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music, & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel."

Tony's book is a sweeping, nearly 700-page epic, spanning from just after the US Civil War through the 20th Century, with a cast of real life-characters as interesting, and a web of stories as deeply interconnected, as any modern fantasy or sci-fi saga. This first half of the discussion leads up to July 1954 and Tony's convincing theory about whether "That's All Right" was really as spontaneous as all the biopics have made it out to be. We are extremely proud to present this two-part discussion this week.

Next week, we will continue with the chilling real-life inspiration for "Heartbreak Hotel," the songwriting process Mae Boren Axton & Tommy Durden undertook, and the influence of the music publishing industry on Elvis's career as well as Song of the Week featuring, what else? "Heartbreak Hotel"!

If you are interested in picking up "Walk A Lonely Street," please visit Tony's website for details and links.

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