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CD Review: ACES AND EIGHTS - The Heart of Country Music

The Heart of Country Music
The Heart of Country Music - Cattle Call - Wedding Vows - Across The Great Divide - Same Old Fool - The Waltz of the Angels - Romper Room Rodeo Cowboy - Landslide - My Best Years - The Man Who Comes Around - Dear Child - Two Coats

Aces and Eights from South Dakota are without a doubt one of the most interesting 'true' country artists I've had the real pleasure of listening to in a long long time.  I remember well the first album they sent me to see what I thought of what they were doing, and I was astounded that there are voices and instrument players (a duet they are) that still produce such a warm relevant musical project with such interesting and beautiful co-produced melodies, original songs, with such an original approach to some classic country songs.  You will agree with me once you hear 'Cattle Call."  That incredible yodel and then the harmony approach to it is absolutely devastating to an ear who really appreciates it, simply because one hears it so rarely today. It's the first song on this lovely CD "The Heart of Country Music" a self-penned song that really nails what it is to be country.  Introducing the word 'deplorable' would be an absolute insult to this incredibly well written and simply created work of art.  Believe it or not, grandma and grandpa are still alive and well in this super neat 'true' country song.  This whole album is pretty much a super neat 'true' country musical production.  These folks are young, and I'm sure they consider their music 'Americana' but for me, an old timer that has experienced the music for a long long time KNOW it is 'real' country no matter what you call it.  Kim Bachman stands beside Lacy J. Dalton, not only in talent, but in her dedicated country sound, not to be ashamed, but to be proud of her work.  The word 'deplorable' just flew out the window, sorry about that liberals.  She's a gifted musician playing guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and her partner Harland Allen has the vocals that instantly attract a 'real' country music lover.  He's also a very gifted guitarist.  One song in particular stood out for me, especially with Kim's voice.  I met Kate Wolf once many years ago in San Francisco.  She wrote the song "Across The Great Divide" and Kim has presented her version of this song just the way Kate would have liked it I'm sure.  Nicely recorded, and certainly well packaged.  Love it!  We're so lucky to have Aces & Eights in concert at the Oak Tree Concert Hall in Anita, Iowa, May 26, 2017.  What a treat to hear them in person.  I surely hope they will perform "Cattle Call" and yes, "Across The Great Divide" and of course, "The Heart of Country Music."  That song however will become one they will get tired of performing, simply because it says the words all 'true' country fans want to say and hear.  I believe that's why I like 'country' in general.  Country folks tend to grow good crops, good kids, and good ideals and let those who pursue music do their thing, and love every minute of it.  Thank you Aces and Eights, looking forward to seeing and hearing you May 26th.  I know there is a huge number of Europeans who read this review through Country Music News International.  If you want to come to the concert simply show your passport at the door and you get in free.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listen.  I already know they will be delighted.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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