At a time in which a lot of country music has changed and begin to resemble other genres, Aces & Eights decided to take on the task of creating a classic country music album that goes back to the roots. Fun, relatable lyrics, a clear message within every song, and personal and meaningful lyrics are what you will find in each and every song created by Aces & Eights.
After listening to the album and reflecting about the music the first song that really stood out and touched me was, "Wedding Vows." Do you know how many people would have played this song at their wedding if they knew it existed? Wedding Vows is such a lovely song that made me want to slow dance with my wife. This song is as real as it gets. You can feel the love pouring out of the music.
Aces & Eights really impressed me with their storytelling abilities. "Across The Great Divide" is another great single on the album. The chorus is a catchy jingle that will have you singing along and I definitely would love to see Aces & Eights perform this song live.
"Same Old Fool" is a fun song with a great concept! I really enjoyed listening to it and anyone who has done enough reflection at some point in their life can really relate to Same Old Fool.
Another song that really caught my attention was, "My Best Years." This song is very inspirational. It's very uplifting and will leave you with a great feeling after you listen to it. This song was personable for me because I also believe that my best years are ahead of me. This song will stick with positive thinking people who are optimistic about their and the world’s future.
Overall I was highly impressed with Aces & Eights. They really accomplished their goal for this album, which was to create a classic country album with fun, loving and creative lyrics and stories. The Heart Of Country Music album kept me engaged and wanting more from beginning to end.
Aces & Eights Classic Country Music is a traditional country music duo from the Black Hills of South Dakota. They received 2016 Cd of the Year from two organizations; National Traditional Country Music Association and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. Bob Everhart, President of NTCMA for 42 years writes, “America is bombasted with the phony these days, but being a gambler for every CD I listen to, hoping for the real deal, the best one so far is "Aces and Eights" who are not only totally 'retro' they have all the elements that make that word reliable and honest. No wonder they took a "CD of the Year" award from the Rural Roots Music Commission in 2016"
Aces & Eights’ CD release tour including 28 venues and five states successfully concluded this fall. They are now in studio recording their next CD “The Heart of Country Music” to be released January 1, 2017. They are committed to bringing back the roots of country music. Listeners find themselves on a journey back to a simpler time when country music was authentic; no fluff added. This very tradition reveals itself in the masterful guitar licks, old time banjo, and sweet mandolin melodies in correlation with the strong leads and beautiful harmonies of Aces & Eights.
They are currently streaming live in the United Kingdom, have had radio play on KCMR and KLMJ radio of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Their release “Dear Child” was chosen as song of the month on KCMR radio for the month of October 2016. In addition, they have had a multitude of press releases and newspaper articles from Globe Gazette in Mason City, IA, Rapid City Journal in Rapid City, SD, Clear Lake Mirror in Clear Lake, Iowa, and Country Music International Tradition Magazine and many more. They are followed nationally and internationally with followers from entire United States, India, Italy, Greece and many other European countries.
Aces & Eights is a duo formed by Harland Allen & Kim Bachman. Harland Allen was born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Lakewood, Colorado. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins and several other Folk and Country music artists from the 1950's and 1960's. He started his first garage band in Junior High School and spent his teenage years playing Rock and Roll. Returning to his Country and Folk roots he played as a soloist at local night clubs and lounges. His first gig for $$$ was in 1977 at The Ground Round Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, Colorado. He continued to perform at local clubs and lounges playing acoustic guitar and singing songs by people like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, The Eagles and a variety of Country and Folk music. Over the years Harland has performed as a soloist and in a number of duos, trios, four and five piece bands. He now lives in Sturgis, South Dakota with his wife and family.
Kimberly Bachman grew up in Iowa on a farm. She bought her first guitar with her money from working in the fields all summer. Kim was surrounded by country music. Family tradition entailed Saturday night gatherings around the kitchen table when relatives would come over to visit and play music. She is firmly rooted in the country music of the 60’s and 70’s with a strong alto voice that carries one back to the day of the women who were the true legends of country music. Kim also plays the banjo and the mandolin, sings lead and harmony. Over the past ten years, she has filled in with a number of small bands until she found her true country niche with Aces & Eights. She lives in Belle Fourche, South Dakota with her husband and family.
If you are looking for artists that will bring the nostalgia of real country music to your venue, festival, or event you won’t need to look any further than Aces & Eights Classic Country Music.
“Kim and Harlan were superb to work with. They were nothing but professional but still had a great time interacting with their audience. Their performance was well received by our guests. I would highly recommend Aces and Eights – their musical talent is awesome. “ Dee @ Buffalo Round Up in Custer, SD.
“I was in total agreement that getting back to basics in Classic Country Music was the goal of their Album "No Fluff Added." The rest of the board for the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame was just as excited about the album as I was. We were honored to select their CD as Album of the Year. They were very "down home"; a first Class Act that everyone should get out and listen to.” Wini @ South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.
INFLUENCES: Johnny Cash, June Carter, Hank Williams, Sr.,Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings,George Jones,Tammy Wynette
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