Chatting with Elvis Poultry and biographer, Tammi Sauer
Elvis, the new book Chicken Dance is a laugh-riot! How much of the story is true?
This story is 100% true. Chickens are just plain funny. We can’t help it.
Tammi, it must be an incredible honor to be chosen as the official biographer of Elvis Poultry. How did you get this dream gig?
I’m still pinching myself! Being chosen as Elvis Poultry’s official biographer has been a writer’s dream. Elvis and I have had long talks about this over fried banana, peanut butter, and chicken feed sandwiches. Elvis said that since my childhood years were spent on a farm, I have a full grasp on the barnyard mentality. He also told me he appreciates my musical abilities. I can still play my third grade piano recital piece, I am an expert at open-G on the clarinet, and I sing really well in the car.
Chicken Dance is an incredibly inspiring story of chickens overcoming the obstacles before them to reach their dreams. What are Marge and Lola doing now?
Marge and Lola have been working on some top secret moves for our upcoming The Big Bawk-Ba-Gawk Tour. They’ve recently been approached by the popular TV show “Chicken Dancing with the Stars,” but that gig currently doesn’t fit into their schedule. What little free time they have has been spent giving motivational talks at area chicken coops.
Tammi, why did you write Chicken Dance?
I knew Marge and Lola’s story was one that needed to be told. Not only are they an inspiration to chicken-kind, but people can get a lot from their story as well. From Marge and Lola readers can be inspired to not let others get them down, to persevere despite challenges, and to appreciate their own innate talents and abilities.
Elvis, who do you find inspiring?
There is an awful lot of talent out there. I am a huge fan of Bruce Springchicken, Kelly Cluckson, and The Tweatles. Wattle Nelson’s “Cross the Road Again” is genius.
How did you come up with your signature “bawk n’ roll” style?
I never set out to come up with my own style—my mama says I was born with it. Fresh out of the egg, the other chicks would peck, scratch, and flap. Me? I liked to shake, rattle, and roll!
Tammi, what’s life like on the road with such a famous crooner?
Life on the road with Elvis Poultry has been a true adventure. Each day we roll into a new barnyard, and each night he rocks another crowd. But afterwards, he’s still just Elvis, you know? I consider him one of my best friends.
Have the ducks ever apologized for their actions? Are they still competing in barnyard talent shows?
Marge and Lola are still waiting for that apology. The last I heard, those ducks are working on a bigger and better routine for next year’s barnyard talent show. Marge and Lola aren’t worried. They’ll go back and compete and prove once again that chickens bawk and roll.
Can I get tickets to an Elvis Poultry concert?
My tour is completely sold out. I can, however, give you an autographed eight by ten glossy and a copy of my latest album which includes the hits “A Chicken Little Less Conversation,” “Jailhouse Bawk,” and “Heartbreak Henhouse.”
This interview has been a rockin’ experience. Thank you. Thank you very much.