Conversations with Missy: Gib Maynard, Nashville Elvis Festival

by Missy Wolf / 2184 days ago / Comments

There is one artist whose name is known by virtually every living person, Elvis Presley. Presley is known for his thrusting hips, smooth soulful voice, generosity, flashy jumpsuits, boyish smile, making women blush, smile, scream, and faint, and so much more. To those who knew him, Presley can never be replaced nor forgotten. 

The legacy of Presley has been carried on for generations and his presence in the music and film industry continues to thrive thanks to fans and events such as the Nashville Elvis Festival. If you have never been to one of these festivals, you need to find one to attend. These festivals are filled with Elvis Tribute Artists (ETA), not impersonators. 

These ETA's have worked hard studying the "King" himself to pay homage to his undeniable talent and humble personality, thus keeping his memory very much alive for fans that mourn him, fans that never met him, and fans that were born long after he passed. Being an ETA requires discipline and a lot of heart. 

At this year's Nashville Elvis Festival, I was able to sit with ETA Gib Maynard. To say I was impressed by this ETA would be an understatement. Watching his performances on stage and listening to him speak, it was clear to me that Maynard had spent a lot of time studying Presley.

When I asked him what it was like preparing for an event like this, Maynard explained that he spends between 10 to 15+ hours a week practicing his vocals. In addition to the vocals, ETA's need to spend studying the movements that Presley was known for during his performances to make sure that Presley is indeed being represented accurately. 

The fans absolutely love each of the ETA's. Maynard is no exception. As he was on stage, the screams that filled the Franklin Theatre were reminiscent of old concert footage of Presley on stage. The thrill of seeing these tribute artists live for some was magical, for others it was a walk down memory lane, and for those like me, well there were even moments where our eyes welled up with tears as you could feel Presley's presence in the room.

During my conversation with Maynard, I asked him about the fans. His answer, need to watch our conversation to find out. To Maynard, his fans, and all ETA's out there Thank You for helping to keep the spirit and memory of our beloved Elvis Presley alive. 

Be sure to follow Maynard on facebook to stay up to date with all he has coming up, and do not forget to check out his website for more information, photos, video, and more. ~Missy



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About Missy Wolf

Missy Wolf Co-Founder, Editor, Journalist & Vice President of the American Country Music Association

From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!