The Imperials just returned from Bad Nauheim, Germany where the European Elvis Festival was celebrated. Our hosts were the EPG fan club headed by Maria Hesterberg. The crowds were fantastic and the enthusiasm was contagious. Saturday night, the Imperials were the opening act for the show featuring Dennis Jale from Vienna, Austria. He was backed by James Burton, Elvis’ guitarist and Glen D. Hardin on piano, Elvis’ keyboard player and arranger of many of his hits. Dennis has his own band as well, all excellent musicians. What a great Saturday night.
Sunday morning the Imperials did their gospel concert to a full house of devoted fans. The response was more that anything we could have imagined. We do hope that as a result of the tremendous response we received for Sunday morning, we will be invited back to other venues in Europe where we can share our music once again. Thanks to Dennis Jale, and thanks to Maria Hesterberg for having the Imperials as part of the Elvis European Festival for 2015.
What a wonderful time we’re having on the road! One of my favorite things to do is perform all over the world! What a privilege to be with the audiences and to share our music! We just finished our gospel program here in Bad Nauheim, Germany. We were here as guests of EPG and the 14th Annual Elvis Festival. I must say this was one of the most memorable concerts we have ever done and we won’t forget the warmth and the encouragement of the fans from all over Europe. You are so appreciated by the Imperials and we hope to do this again. We will be in Vienna Austria Dec 11 and 12, 2015, God willing, at the Metropole with Dennis Jale. Please come to Vienna. It’s a most beautiful city especially decorated at Christmas.
In 1956 1957 Elvis made his home in Bad Nauheim while Elvis was in the Army. The Festival is attended by scores of people celebrating Elvis.
From a local newspaper:
One tour guide described the city as “Elvis Reloaded” this year ahead of the 38th anniversary of the star’s death on Sunday.
Residents and visitors are all shook up with rock and roll contests, a Cadillac old-timer tour, a “Peggy Sue” fashion show and the much-anticipated concerts of American musicians who once performed alongside Elvis.
“It is always good to be here,” guitarist James Burton, who played in the TCB band with Elvis from 1969 until 1977, told reporters Thursday. Burton was joined by pianist Glen D. Hardin and The Imperials singer Terry Blackwood, who both worked with the star during his career.
When Elvis lived in Germany between 1958 and 1960, he brought “tolerance, fairness and happiness to Bad Nauheim,” said Beatrix van Ooyen. It’s a great experience to be in Bad Nauheim and one of the privileges of the tour! Here’s a local glimpse of the news story of the Festival.
One week and one day from now, Dec 9, the Imperials get on a plane for Vienna, Austria for a show at the Vienna, Austria, Metropol, with our good friend, Dennis Jale. If you live in the area, please come see us. If you are in the US, it’s not too late to book a flight! Here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas.
The band and I will be in Memphis for this year’s Elvis week! Details to come! Each August, Elvis fans from around the world gather in Memphis for a celebration of the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week always includes traditional events such as the Elvis Fan Club Presidents Event, Elvis Insiders Event and Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, plus special concerts, panel discussions, dances and much more. The band and I will sing on Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre downtown on Beale St and then do a Sunday morning concert right across the street from Graceland. We hope you can come for that. For more information on who you’ll see in Memphis visit Graceland’s site information
The Vienna Boys Choir with James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, the Imperials and our great host, Dennis Jale, who brought us all together for this occasion. They sang two songs, we sang Sweet Spirit for them, and is was a special moment for all of us. Thanks to Dennis Jale for being such a gracious host.
Thank you to our friends in Ackerman and WCBI.com for the kind article on my recent visit there. It was humbling to have June 2nd named “Terry Blackwood Day” by the Mayor, thank you! Here’s the video that ran with the story. To read the full story go here
Next Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, will be a special weekend for me and my family. I will be participating in three Homecoming concerts at the place of my birth, Ackerman, MS. I haven’t been there in many years and I’m sure it’s changed a lot. On Saturday at noon, I will sing downtown Ackerman for a 30 minute segment of my music to the good folks of Ackerman.
Sunday morning I will be doing the entire service at the Enon Presbyterian church. I will have some surprises that morning for the people. I have never sung there and it should be a special service. Then, Sunday night I will be doing a concert at Ackerman Baptist Church. My friend, Buddy Smith, VP of American Family Association will have his quartet there and also there will be three choirs from different churches present for some gospel music from the choirs backing me, from Buddy’s quartet, and some numbers from me as well. It promises to be a memorable weekend in Ackerman, MS. I hope if you live in that area, which is central MS, you will come out to see us. We are very close to Starkville, home of Ms State U. See you then!
The new single, “If My People”, by Terry Blackwood and the Imperials has over 13,000 hits on youtube after only 4 months! Please listen if you dare. It will encourage you in your walk of faith and in this present age of secularism that is sweeping America. God is your hope, your refuge, and a very present help in time of trouble. Look to Him as your source of strength, ask for wisdom as to how to negotiate this difficult economy, and pray like you never have before. He is our deliverer and He will not fail us. Blessings to you.
I just released another cd from Andrus, Blackwood & Co entitled Following You. It was originally a double album and was nominated for a grammy award that year. Check it out on my product page. I have had many ask when it would be available. Now you know. If I can ever figure out how to sample three of the songs, I will upload that for you so you can hear how those songs go. There are 18 songs on this cd and the price remains at $20. If you are international, please add $5 to the order. Thanks so much.