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What's more, Ehlert doesn't always buy into the patriotism and religion that fuel so much of Branson. "Thankfully, Elvis sang a lot of gospel songs," Ehlert says. "So I get a free pass on that one."
In addition to performing as Elvis, the virtuoso Ehlert also impersonates Mark Twain, Hank Williams, Dean Martin, Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond. The one character he can't do is John Wayne. "We had a John Wayne working for us who would force everyone in the audience to recite the Pledge of Allegiance," Ehlert recalls. "After he berated a family from Canada for not following along, I told him he couldn't do the bit anymore. He spread nasty rumors all around town that I wasn't patriotic."
So what keeps the Elvis impersonator plugging away in Branson? It's the same thing, I suspect, that has led everyone, from Smirnoff to Andy Williams, to Branson. "I'm pretty much unemployable at anything else," Ehlert says .