Ted Roddy has added his brand of soulful rock-n-roll to the Austin music scene for the last twenty years. Performing all manner of rootsy styles including rockabilly, blues, honky tonk country and lounge. Roddy is probably best known for his twice yearly Elvis tribute shows. His twenty plus career includes his bands The Talltops, The Naughty Ones and The Tearjoint Troubadors. He documented his kinship with The King on his 2002 release Channelin E, a disc full of songs that Elvis should have recorded or what the lost E record might have sounded like. Performing songs written in the day (69-70) by the great writers of that period (Dan Penn, Bobbie Gentry, Burt Bacharach, Dallas Frazier, Tom T. Hall, Mark James, Ellie Greenwich, Ronnie Self, Thomas A. Dorsey, and Bob Dylan). Backed on the recording by an awesome ensemble of Austin musicians that perform as The King Conjure Orchestra's Tribute to The King shows twice annually. A tribute as much to the musicians who recorded with The King ( The American Studio gang & The TCB Band) as it is to the legacy of The King. Here are some quotes - Ken Burke In Country Standard Time says Covering songs that Presley didn't do but should have, the Austin-based Roddy smartly keeps his focus on Memphis gospel and country soul and crafted arrangements that fit the King's loungey baritone vibrato. Particularly enjoyable are Roddy's renditions of tunes Presley might've actually known such as the Fortunes' 'You've Got Your Troubles' (number 7, 1965), R.B. Greaves' 'Always Something There To Remind Me' (number 27, 1970), Bob Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay' (number 7, 1969) and Tom T. Hall's 'That's How I Got To Memphis.' Moreover, two Dan Penn gospel-drenched ballads 'Sweet Inspiration' and 'A Woman Left Lonely' brilliantly capture Presley's sense of sexy melancholy. Equally fine is the playfully executed cover of 'Mississippi Delta,' which rings truer to Billy Lee Riley's 1969 version than Bobbie Gentry's. Keith Glass says This one has been out there a little while. Roddy, a fixture down in Austin, Texas and his annual Elvis tribute, spawned this album of songs that The King shoulda done, coulda done had he not done a lot of the other things he did do. It is big on Dan Penn songs - three in fact. Nobody's Fool, Sweet Inspiration, A Woman Left Lonely. Then thtere is Tom T. Hall's That's How I Got to Memphis, Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay, Ronnie Self's Home in My Hand. Enough good un's to make you think Ted should have been El's A&R man (what a tough job that would be). But Roddy is no El impersonator - after allll he has had his own career - he channels the spirit of The Pelvis admittedly with a little of the thankyouverymuch tude and delivery of the original. On board is an actual big TCB type band capable of tearing down the house as on River Deep Mountain High. All the other choices are equally inspired (or just plain obvious) and it is a whole lotta fun.