Imagine riding in a time machine equipped with concert tickets to four decades of music’s greatest moments. That’s what it’s like to experience a Rankin Brothers show.
Matt and Mark Rankin are a couple of brothers from Texas. But in just minutes they’ll make you believe they are the Everly Brothers. Next it’ll be the Righteous Brothers. Then it’s Sonny and Cher, the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, and Neil Diamond. It's hard to believe how much they sound like the stars who first made these songs famous.
Matt Rankin’s tribute to Buddy Holly begins with a solemn video revisiting the announcement of the plane crash that took Holly’s life. Matt then comes on stage singing That’ll Be The Day. After hearing his performance, even the late singer’s wife said Matt looks and sounds like Buddy Holly.
On a lighter note, Mark does an impressive but lighthearted Elvis impersonation. In a world of too many Elvis wannabes, audiences will be impressed with this act, especially when it comes time for Elvis’ moving American Trilogy.
Mark is the king of costumes in this show, transforming himself into George Straight, John Denver, Bob Dylan and (a rather homely) Sonny Bono. Matt, on the other hand, spends a great deal of energy showing off impressive dance moves of the past. Together they recreate the look, feel, and definitely the sound of more than forty years of music’s greatest hits.
You can’t sing 50’s music without back-up. The Rankinettes add dance moves, sequins, bouffant hair and an impressive amount of talent. They sing several numbers on their own including The Supremes’ Can’t Hurry Love. In addition to the Rankinettes, the brothers are backed by an accomplished five-piece band.
The Rankin’s have a new show this year on Sunday afternoons featuring country and gospel music. Classic and contemporary country fans will enjoy this one. The brothers perform music from Conway Twitty, George Strait, Alabama and more recent stars like Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and many more. The second half is soul-stirring gospel music.