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Elvis, Johnny Cash impersonators to take stage in same show

Joe Forrester will be wearing a jumpsuit that looks like it is straight out of the 1960s.

Jed Duvall will be dressed in black.

And they'll be singing classics from the last half-century.

Forrester will impersonate Elvis and Duvall will impersonate Johnny Cash in a concert at 7 p.m. today at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.

The two will perform solo concerts featuring hits from the legendary music icons.

"We're going to do some songs together as well," Forrester said. "Johnny Cash and Elvis both started at Sun Studio down in Memphis."

Forrester as Elvis

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From: Glen Rock, Pa.

Background: Forrester is a lifelong Elvis fan. His favorite movie is "Viva Las Vegas." He bears an uncanny resemblance to Elvis, right down to his sideburns. His concert is interactive and features a hula dance for select of the women in the audience.

Why he prefers Elvis: His lifelong interest in Elvis makes his performances easy. So does Elvis' extensive catalog of hits. "There's a lot of different options in songs," he said. "I try to make every show's set list different."

Concert highlights: Expect a wide range of Elvis songs from the classic hits to perhaps a few songs that aren't regularly heard anymore. "Some songs I do in every show," he said. "I always do 'Love Me Tender' and I always end with 'Can't Help Falling in Love.'"

Favorite Elvis songs to perform: "Probably my favorite Elvis song is 'Wonder of You,'" Forrester said.

Duvall as Johnny Cash

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From: Glen Burnie

Background: Duvall was performing as Elvis decades before he got his start as Cash. He first performed as Elvis in 1980. He even performed as Elvis in the shop window of Patricia Field's boutique in Manhattan on the 10th anniversary of Presley's death in 1987. He branched out and started performing as Cash during a Children's Miracle Network benefit in Richmond five years ago.

Why he prefers Johnny Cash: Duvall said he is drawn to Cash because he was such a significant figure in music for a long time. "To call Johnny a country artist, I guess would be correct," Duvall said. "He just seemed to be much more than a country artist."

Concert highlights: "Ring of Fire" is a staple of every Duvall performance as Cash. The 1963 hit was considered risky at the time, Duvall said, because a mariachi band was used in the song. Duvall said Cash was always pushing the limits. Duvall will sing many of Cash's classics.

Favorite Cash songs to perform: "I like a song you don't hear much anymore called 'I Still Miss Someone,'" Forrester said. "It was a song I used to sing to my granddaughters when they were little babies."

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