Bio / Show Highlights
Bill has been a full time musician and entertainer since 1983. In addition to being a songwriter and producer, he is also an accomplished instrumentalist, playing the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and harmonica. Bill has been honored with numerous awards in Branson, MO including Best Gospel Cd of the year, Best Vocal Impressionist of the year, Best Horizon Show of the year. Bill has been inducted into the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.
Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Ventures.
It also includes hits from the 50’s/60’s, Country, Classic Rock, Bill's Original Songs along with a little humor.
With over 300 songs in his repertoire, Bill is the perfect entertainer for any event including an Elvis show, Fifties/Sixties Rock and Roll show, Gospel show and his signature Variety/Elvis show.
Published: Monday, March 07 2016 02:32 Written by Kathy Olivarez / Winter Texan Times Newspaper
Bill Chrastil, of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been performing for Winter Texans for three years. His efforts have paid off because Winter Texans voted him 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year. A beautiful voice and a high-energy show that leaves the viewer exhausted from just watching him as he jumps, dances across the stage, gives high kicks and does splits while singing the songs of popular male vocalists.
Bill has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years as a musician, singer and songwriter. He has performed in Branson, where he has received numerous awards including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Voice Impressionist, and Best Horizon Show of the Year, He is a member of the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.
This reporter attended one of his shows recently, where he started his show with songs from Johnny Cash, such as “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Then he moved on to the popular songs from the past like "Achy Breaky Heart" moving around the stage in constant motion as he performs.
Slowing down a moment with Willie Nelson’s "Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain" and "On the Road Again," he continued with Conway Twitty's "Hello Darling" and "Tight Fittin’ Jeans." Next came Neil Diamond’s "Coming to America" and a Bruce Springstein song sung in the voice of Elmer Fudd.
Add "Sweet Caroline" and Roy Orbison’s "Pretty Woman," and other old favorites for a lively show. He did a guitar instrumental that was totally exceptional; I didn't realize fingers could move that fast. All during the show Bill involves the audience by having them clapping in rhythm or singing parts of the songs with him. And that is just the first half!
In the second half he came back as Elvis wearing a white costume with beaded fringe down the front. His dark hair was styled to resemble Elvis in younger years. He started with romantic songs like "Teddy Bear" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" before moving to the livelier songs like "Heartbreak Hotel," and "All Shook Up." During his performance as Elvis he went out into the audience and selected a woman, and getting down on one knee, he sang to her. Afterwards, he placed an autographed scarf around her neck. Sometimes women don’t wait for him to select them; they walk up to the stage and tuck a tip inside the lacings on the front of his costume, earning the scarf for themselves.
This is a fun show with some humor that keeps the audience swaying, singing and clapping in their seats. Winter Texans definitely should put him high on the list of entertainers to see next season if they missed him this year.
Tribute to Elvis Presley: