By EW Staff
August 01, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

HOMETOWN Chattanooga, Tenn.

AGE 31

RECENT RELEASES ”Swimming in Champagne” (album, 2000); ”Last Man Committed” (single, 2002)

WHY HIM Playing a mean green Stratocaster, Heatherly is proof that a whammy bar is a boy’s best friend. When his electrified cover of the Statler Brothers’ ”Flowers on the Wall” held on for four weeks in August 2000 at the No. 6 position on the Billboard country charts, it sparked a rockabilly revival.

WHAT’S HOT No hats, no buckles, and no boots. He prefers two-tone shoes, hepcat shirts, and a jet-black pompadour — maybe Elvis hasn’t left the building after all.

WHAT’S NOT His occasional resemblance to the King during the plump Vegas years

WHAT’S NEXT ”Last Man Committed,” from his upcoming second album, is climbing the Billboard country charts, currently a stone’s throw from the top 40.


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