PLAINVILLE - Local musician and lifelong Elvis Presley fan Tino Garcia has recorded an EP of Elvis covers, “Bring the King,” which is available for digital download.
Garcia, who calls himself a “tribute artist” and not an Elvis impersonator, said he hopes to keep the spirit and voice of Elvis alive through his music. Locally, he has performed at the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and he has traveled to Graceland the past couple years to perform at Presley’s former home.
Garcia and his mother moved to the U.S. from Spain when he was very young. He says he learned to speak English by listening to Elvis records and that his first live performance was at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
“I started Plainville schools back in kindergarten and at first I couldn’t speak English,” he said. “I was listening to music like the Jackson 5 and then, when I first heard Elvis, I thought ‘Wow! I want to sound like this.’ I went back to school in September speaking English with a Memphis accent.”
Garcia has spent the past year-and-a-half working to create this album, on which he sings and plays guitar. “Bring the King” features three, lesser-known, “B-Side” Elvis songs, “Anything That’s A Part of You”, “Let It Be Me” and “Love Letters.”
“We brought 60-year-old music into the 21st century,” mused Garcia, who noted that his voice has become a bit lower than Elvis’s as he has grown older but that the covers were created as an authentic-sounding tribute to his idol.
“It came out great,” said “Jamez Browne,” who produced the album with Garcia in his music studio in Forestville. “Tino is very talented. From a producer standpoint, it takes a different skill set than what I normally work with. It was really fun to help put this together; I really enjoyed it. I’ve become more of a fan of Elvis for working on this.”
Garcia said he hopes to record another seven or eight songs next year and that he also plans to record a gospel album.
The album can be found by searching “Tino G. Bring the King” on cdbaby.com. The tracks can be downloaded for 99 cents each.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.