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"Elvis is history," Carl Perkins once said, "and anytime anyone or anything becomes history, whether it be Pearl Harbor or Elvis, it will never go away. The world will never tire of his songs."

TCBCast is an unofficial fan podcast featuring co-hosts Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman, along with regular guest co-hosts Ryan Droste and Bec Wyles, plus an array of Elvis fans and experts setting out to better understand that history, and those songs. Tackling topics from throughout Elvis's lifetime and beyond, TCBCast seeks to offer thoughtful, intelligent, heartfelt and honest discourse on Presley's career, his influences, the people who made his work possible, and the cultural phenomenon surrounding his iconography.

TCBCast is not associated with or endorsed by Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Authentic Brands Group or Sony.

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast Justin Gausman

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"Elvis is history," Carl Perkins once said, "and anytime anyone or anything becomes history, whether it be Pearl Harbor or Elvis, it will never go away. The world will never tire of his songs."

TCBCast is an unofficial fan podcast featuring co-hosts Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman, along with regular guest co-hosts Ryan Droste and Bec Wyles, plus an array of Elvis fans and experts setting out to better understand that history, and those songs. Tackling topics from throughout Elvis's lifetime and beyond, TCBCast seeks to offer thoughtful, intelligent, heartfelt and honest discourse on Presley's career, his influences, the people who made his work possible, and the cultural phenomenon surrounding his iconography.

TCBCast is not associated with or endorsed by Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Authentic Brands Group or Sony.

    TCBCast 231: The Jungle Room Sessions Part 2

    TCBCast 231: The Jungle Room Sessions Part 2

    Today we're marking 45 years since the passing of Elvis Presley.
    On this episode, Gurdip and Justin take a look at the final recording sessions Elvis Presley ever had, a once-passionate and perfectionist creative now distracted and unfocused for a myriad of reasons, yet still able to pull together five memorable recordings in October 1976.
    Then, for Song of the Week, as voted on by TCBCast Patreon backers, Justin jumps back to 1967 to spotlight Elvis's pugilistic cover of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," while Gurdip stays up late to take a closer listen to the 1973 recording "It's Midnight" off the 1975 album "Promised Land."
    If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us with a donation at Patreon.com/TCBCast! Your support allows us to continue to provide thoughtful, provocative, challenging and well-researched perspectives on Elvis's career, his peers and influences, and his cultural impact and legacy.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    TCBCast 230: The Jungle Room Sessions, Part 1

    TCBCast 230: The Jungle Room Sessions, Part 1

    In a valorous attempt to capture the now much more elusive Elvis Presley in his natural habitat, Felton Jarvis and RCA bought the recording studio to Graceland, turning the tropical-themed den into an impromptu space for the band, winding cords down and out the back of the house to a van where the equipment sat.
    Justin and Gurdip explore how, over the course of 6 nights in the spring of 1976, Elvis and the TCB Band worked their way through an album's worth of new material. There's a few uptempo cuts from previous hit songwriters like Mark James's Moody Blue or Dennis Linde's For the Heart, but the vast majority of tracks are heartbreak weepers. Elvis goes increasingly off-track, to the point that he stops showing up altogether, though the guys spend a little time at the end of Part 1 speculating on the three songs from The Platters that he is known to have been singing in between takes.
    Part 2 next week, to be released on the 45th anniversary of Elvis's passing, will include discussions on the October 1976 sessions, and Songs of the Week as voted by TCBCast Patreon backers.
    If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us with a donation at Patreon.com/TCBCast! Your support allows us to continue to provide thoughtful, provocative, challenging and well-researched perspectives on Elvis's career, his peers and influences, and his cultural impact and legacy.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    TCBCast 229: Elvis's Best 50s Album? "For LP Fans Only" Review (feat. Julius Adame)

    TCBCast 229: Elvis's Best 50s Album? "For LP Fans Only" Review (feat. Julius Adame)

    Justin is joined this week by record collector (and TCBCast Patreon backer) Julius Adame to review Elvis's 1959 compilation "For LP Fans Only" while Gurdip is out. Together, Julius and Justin rediscover how surprisingly cohesive this package, intended to keep demand high while Elvis was overseas in military service, still holds together.

    They also discuss at length how a younger fan like Juilius got into Elvis's music and vinyl buying/selling/collecting, as he also runs a business, Rock My Soul Records (https://www.instagram.com/rockmysoulrecords/)
    For Song of the Week, Julius selects "Ask Me," the English adaptation of Domenico Modugno's "Io" (I tip my hat to Tony Plews for his comment on last week's episode remarking on "Io" during the GI Blues discussion!) that Elvis attempted in 1963 and finally nailed down in 1964. 
    Then, his pick for Justin was "And I Love You So," the Don McLean-penned ballad featured on 1975's "Today" album and throughout Elvis's concert setlists in 75-77. But a closer inspection of the lyrics leads him to a darker, sadder interpretation that some may have not considered.
    If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us with a donation at Patreon.com/TCBCast, just like Julius! Your support allows us to continue to provide thoughtful, provocative, challenging and well-researched perspectives on Elvis's career, his peers and influences, and his cultural impact and legacy.
    Timestamps:
    0:00 Start/Introductions
    19:55 News
    22:30 Main Topic
    1:04:05 SotW: Ask Me
    1:20:30 SotW: And I Love You So

    • 1 hr 45 min
    TCBCast 228: 50 Years, 50 Hits & Artist of the Century

    TCBCast 228: 50 Years, 50 Hits & Artist of the Century

    Gurdip and Justin, freshly reinvigorated, nostalgically dig up their very first box sets that served as their gateways to Elvis's discography: 1985's 50 Years, 50 Hits for Gurdip and 1999's Artist of the Century for me, and compare/contrast the packages, realizing that whether decked out with liner notes or bare-bones design, the music is powerful enough to speak for itself. To really bask in the nostalgia, you'll even get to hear Justin pick up live, exactly where he left off listening to one of the tapes countless years ago.
    For Song of the Week, Gurdip marches to the beat of his own drum... because he's feeling the "G.I. Blues" tackling the title song of Elvis's 1960 film. Justin, on the other hand, taking a cue from the main topic looking back at their formative Elvis fan years, finally selects 1973's "Raised on Rock" since we all know Gurdip wasn't going to!
    Timestamps:
    0:00 Start/News
    7:30 Main Topic
    51:50 SotW: G.I Blues
    1:01:33 SotW: Raised on Rock

    • 1 hr 17 min
    TCBCast 227: "Something for Everybody" Album Review

    TCBCast 227: "Something for Everybody" Album Review

    Following on the heels of "I'm Comin' Home" being featured in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, Gurdip and Justin sit down with the very underrated and under-discussed 1961 album "Something for Everybody." Recorded in a single March 1961 session just ahead of the filming of Blue Hawaii, "Something for Everybody" has slipped under the radar of many... but it's one of our favorites!
    For Song of the Week, Justin leads off by dreaming of a "Winter Wonderland" amid the summer heat, only to find the much more somber, and less well known, origin story behind the holiday classic that Elvis cut in 1971. Gurdip, meanwhile, is inspired by an extracurricular encounter with a Lonnie Donegan song to pick Elvis's cover of Donegan's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," made most famous by Tom Jones. But spoiler alert... there's secret connection to a notable candid Elvis on Tour moment hidden within the history of that song!
    If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us with a donation at Patreon.com/TCBCast. Your support allows us to continue to provide thoughtful, provocative, challenging and well-researched perspectives on Elvis's career, his peers and influences, and his cultural impact and legacy.
    Timestamps:
    0:00 Start/News
    14:15 Main Topic
    55:00 SotW: Winter Wonderland
    1:13:45 SotW: I'll Never Fall in Love Again

    • 1 hr 33 min
    TCBCast 226: Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" Soundtrack Review

    TCBCast 226: Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" Soundtrack Review

    Gurdip and Justin sit down with the digital version of the soundtrack album for Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis," to explore the remixes, covers and remasters of classic Elvis recordings, as well as finding as many musical Easter Eggs as they can.
    Then, Song of the Week makes a grand return! Inspired by a similarly-themed track from the movie's soundtrack, Gurdip picks "I'm Gonna Get Back Home Somehow" from 1962's "Pot Luck" album. Justin, on the other hand, inspired by what the soundtrack left OFF, goes right back into the deep end of the pool to not only spotlight Elvis's 1967 cover of the country classic "Just Call Me Lonesome," but also discuss the influence of its songwriter, Rex Griffin, on early rockabilly and rock and roll.
    If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us with a donation at Patreon.com/TCBCast. Your support allows us to continue to provide thoughtful, provocative, challenging and well-researched perspectives on Elvis's career, his peers and influences, and his cultural impact and legacy.

    • 1 hr 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Kingwhick ,

Tremendous resource on Elvis

These guys do a great job for deep dives on Elvis and the audio clip integration is top notch. Wonderful podcast.

AllenS! ,

Amazing show!

Love this show! Every episode is chocked full of amazing information that even a fan like me hasn’t heard before! The amount of research that is put in is really extraordinary! Keep up the great work!

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EP, Entertainer, Artist, Human

As a new fan of Elvis, this pod is a treasure because Justin & Gurdip do their research. I learn something new every time.
Also, I appreciate the critical ear & eye of the podcast hosts because they acknowledge that Elvis was human, imperfect alongside being talented, unique, and generous.
I always feel like I’m having coffee with Justin, Gurdip, and the gang each time I tune in to an episode ☕️
Every fan should add this to their Elvis collection 🎙 🎶

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