Bill has been a full time musician and entertainer. 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, 70's/80's, Country, Classic Rock, Bill's Original Songs. Bill has performed at well known theatres, fairs, casinos, corporate events, church functions and resorts, spanning multiple countries.
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.
Chrastil notches Entertainer of the Year award again
Imagine Bill Chrastil stepping on a stage, dressed to the nines in his Elvis regalia as he bursts out in song – not with a song from The King, but from The Boss called “Fire.”
But it’s not Elvis’ voice. It’s not Bruce Springsteen’s either.
It’s Elmer Fudd. Undeniably the voice of one of the most famous Looney Tunes character, the bald-headed hunter and enemy of Bugs Bunny, whose aim is to hunt Bugs and who speaks in an unusual way, replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws.
“I have no idea where that voice came from,” Chrastil said. “It just happened.”
But that part of a Chrastil show is just a morsel of what the performer brings to his audience. Other voices include Elvis, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. It’s that variety of voices along with his high-energy performance that earned him his third straight Male Vocalist of the Year Award and second consecutive Entertainer of the Year Award at the annual Star Awards on Saturday at Casa del Valle RV Park in Alamo.
“That’s just a thrill,” Chrastil said. “I appreciate the Winter Texans who enjoy my singing and my show. Regardless of the award I want to thank them for all the special moments and the way they have treated me and my wife, and for coming to the shows and voting for me.”
Chrastil has been performing full time since 1983 and began his Elvis tributes since he was 16. He has been honored with numerous awards in Branson, Mo., including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Vocal Impressionist of the Year and Best Horizon Show of the Year. Chrastil has been inducted into the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.
A resident of Lincoln, Neb., Chrastil said his show has evolved over the years and continues to evolve, even 34 years after starting full time.
“It keeps me fresh and, honestly, helps make every show feel like a brand new show,” he said. “Finding different voices, improving on the guitar and the piano have provided me with a variety of options to change up my show and give it a fresh feel. I do it for myself as much as I do for the audience – to give them something new and fresh.”
Some of the voices he hears just come natural, like to those who play instruments without reading music but by “playing by ear.” Some, however, have even surprised Chrastil in their development.
“I was really surprised I could to Willie,” he said. “I never sat down to do Willie. I was just singing along one day to My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys and it just came, it evolved.”
Chrastil said he also works out five days a week to remain in shape for his high-energy performances. Swinging those hips like Elvis can wear down anyone.
Chrastil will spend about a month in Florida with his daughter and perform a few shows then he and his wife will return to Nebraska, performing at casinos, fairs, festivals and other shows throughout the summer and fall.
“Then we’ll be back in the Valley,” he said. “We are just so blessed to have made so many friends there. We always can’t wait to return.
Male Vocalist of the Year Bill Chrastil captivates audiences
Male Vocalist of the Year Bill Chrastil captivates audiences
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.
Salute to Tom Jones:
Bill's magnetic stage presence and charismatic performance will capture your attention during his Tribute to Tom Jones. You will be amazed by his energized interpretations of songs and flirtatious facial expressions. His compelling voice on "Never Fall in Love Again" is breath-taking.
Salute to Neil Diamond:
Get ready for an out-of-this world music experience as Bill gives you an illuminating, magnificent charge when he steps out on the stage for his Neil Diamond Tribute. His voice instantly commands the audience whether it is the moving performance of "Amercia" or a sing-along of "Sweet Caroline."
Music from 70s and 80s bands, such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bachman Turner Overdrive, DireStraits, REO Speedwagon and The Georgia Satellites - Bill's vocals and guitar playing ROCK!
Have you ever been so deeply moved by a song that it hits your soul? Bill's accomplished songwriting ability is nothing short of brilliant. You will be astounded by his variety of songs. As you lose yourself in his beautiful music, the lyrics will wrap around your heart.
Bill's masterful performance on the guhitar is an electrifying rush of intensity. You will be so intrigued by his talent, you will revel in the rhythm of the song. Sit back and take in this mind-blowing display of entertainment
50's/60's Rock and Roll:
Let Bill walk you down memory lane for the ultimate rock and roll adventure. Dance in your seat, sway to the music, or clap your hands as he thrills you with his exhilarating aerobic dance and songs of way back sweep you off your feet with his sensational voice