Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 14, 2008

His efforts are a tribute to Elvis

GLASGOW — Eddie Miles began his career as an Elvis tribute artist in 1990 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., when he was about 20 years old.

Miles, who is originally from Bardstown, still performs a tribute to the “King of rock ‘n’ roll” as he travels across the country doing shows that are half country and half Elvis tribute.

“I open the show with just a variety of music, because I like all kinds of music,” he said. “I like doing the show that way because then I get to come out as myself and get a rapport with the audience and show them I can do something else. If they are seeing the show for the first time, then you don’t have to warm them up.”

The second half of his act is when he does his tribute to Elvis.

“Most people come for that reason,” he said.

Miles has performed at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow several times and is scheduled to appear in concert there again this fall.

Steve Jones, director of the theater, says Miles attracts a large, diverse crowd.

“He really kind of brings in all ages since he does Elvis, as well as the country legends,” Jones said.

Anthony Kenney, technical director at the Plaza Theatre, performed with Miles once. Kenney recently retired as a member of The Kentucky HeadHunters.

Miles is “a true Elvis impersonator,” Kenney said.

“He does the whole bit – jumpsuits, karate moves, strobe lights ...,” Kenney said.

Miles said people enjoy his tribute.

“People still love to see Elvis music done live and that’s what I do,” he said. “I enjoy the music. I’m an entertainer first, so what better to entertain folks than with the best music ever done?”

If he had to pick a favorite Elvis song, Miles said he couldn’t. There’s not one that stands out above the rest.

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