The ETA

Emily Marie Palmer

While countless people consider themselves Elvis Presley fans, it is a much smaller set of people who deeply devote themselves to emulating the icon, whether physically, aurally, or both. This smaller set are most commonly known by the general public as “Elvis impersonators,” but in the business, the preferred term is “ETA”, or Elvis Tribute Artist. Some of these performers actually consider the term “Elvis impersonator” derogatory. ETAs share a very specialized interest-- such a deep admiration for Elvis and his music can nurture a strong bond, but conversely, the ETA world is very competitive and at worst, cutthroat. (Houston’s Greg Winston: “Gen- erally the relationships are good, especially considering that we are often competing for our livelihoods.”