Billy Ray Cyrus Channels the King in ‘Hey Elvis’ Video
The song, which is the single off his forthcoming album Thin Line, was previously recorded by Cyrus for his album released in 2000, Southern Rain. "Hey Elvis" also features shared vocals from co-writer Bryan Adams and former Deep Purple singer Glenn Hughes.
"'Hey Elvis' is a song Bryan wrote with Gretchen Peters," Cyrus tells Rolling Stone Country, "and he joins me on the song, singing with Glenn Hughes. Those two are like peanut butter and jelly, man. It just goes. And Glenn isn't just joining me vocally; he's playing bass, too, adding that magic pocket."
The video itself borrows scenes from Cyrus' forthcoming television series Still the King, which launches on June 12. The four-minute clip shows Cyrus dressed like the King in a white rhinestone-lined jumpsuit, distinct sunglasses and big hair. At the video's start, Cyrus is shown passed out on the side of the road in a puddle where he is found by Randy Travis, who plays a cop on the show. The remainder of the video includes clips from the series, with a cameo from Darius Rucker.
In Still the King, Cyrus plays Vernon Brownmule, aka Burnin’ Vernon, a washed-up one-hit wonder who now works as an Elvis impersonator. He’s had some trouble with the law over the years and most recently is shown in jail after he was arrested for crashing into an old country church sign while drunk. The series premieres on June 12 on CMT.
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