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story and videography by Stephen Dafoe / – Lucie Roy photos

Hailed as one of the most talented Elvis Tribute Artists (ETA) in the world, Cody Ray Slaughter has performed across the United States and on Late Night with David Letterman. The ETA made a stop in Morinville Nov. 17 as part of his Nov. 14 to 25 Canadian tour.

The performer, who looks, sounds and acts like a young Elvis, won the People’s Choice Award during Elvis Week 2008, the New Horizon Award for best new Elvis Tribute Artist in 2011, and was named Ultimate Elvis in the same year by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

On Nov. 17 Slaughter and fellow performers Stephanie Z and the Hillbilly Cast won the hearts of the roughly 250 concert goers who came to see the show.

“Welcome to the family, ladies and gentlemen,” Slaughter told first-time viewers of his show. “We’re all one big, happy family. So I want you all to let loose. There’s no seat belts. We took them out.”

Slaughter gave his audience lots of opportunity to let loose in a show that ran one-hour-and 45-minutes long with a 20-minute intermission.

The music covered Elvis’ top 100 hits and 11 television appearances in the 1950s. This was not the sequined jumpsuit Elvis. Rather, Slaughter’s Elvis ’56 captured the story and music of a shy young southern gentlemen full of charm and a voice that has captivated millions. Fellow entertainer Stephanie Z offered up some of the hits made famous by female vocalists in the middle of the 20th Century.

Audience members were quick to offer their positive opinion of the show through social media on Morinville News’ Facebook page.

“He was terrific, and so was Stephanie,” wrote Debbie Russell. “Great entertainment for Morinville.”

Michelle Thibert Ozipko said she and her daughter were pleased with the show as well. “Loved it. My 9-year-old Elvis fan wants to go to Red Deer next week to see it again,” she wrote.

Slaughter was set to play Vegreville Wednesday night before heading to Langham and Prince Albert Saskatchewan Thursday and Friday.

Photos from Tuesday night’s show

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