|BILLY RAY TACKLES ELVIS
December 15, 2015 - CMT / Elvis Express Radio
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Billy Ray Cyrus is set to star as a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator in the upcoming CMT series “Still the King,” said he was on tour around Louisiana when he instructed his tour
bus to pull over so his dog could go out. When he stepped off the bus, he looked up and saw a dilapidated Pentecostal church.
“It reminded me of my roots in Kentucky,” Cyrus said. Then he explained being near the bayou made him think about Elvis Presley's time on "Louisiana Hayride."
That was all the inspiration Cyrus needed to cook up his new series, “Still the King.”
“One plus one,” he said. “Somewhere between Elvis and Jesus is probably a fine line that we can all relate to.”
On the show, Cyrus said, he plays “basically a dysfunctional Elvis impersonator who has gone bad and lies his way into a church as a preacher.” In the process, he finds out he’s
the father of a teenage girl.
“For me now, it’s been one of the highlights of my creative journey as a singer, songwriter and as an actor,” Cyrus said of putting together and acting in the show. “I’m not really an
actor. I do love it, and I find the parallel between making a song real and making a scene real. It’s the same concept, and finding the rhythm is what it is all about.”
The comedy will debut on CMT in the summer.