From the Black Hills of South Dakota, Aces & Eights is an Americana/Roots duo touring the countryside and opening up for names you know and love. Their seamless harmonies & old time rockabilly instrumentals turn out an “Oh Brother Where Art Thou meets Kasey Musgraves” sound audiences love. You need to know Aces & Eights!
They are grateful for a busy schedule which allows no grass to grow under their feet. In the three years they have been a duo, they have been on tour through Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, opening up for names you know and love, playing State Fairs, theaters, and Opry’s, concerts, and more.
Since their partnership duo formed in 2015, Aces & Eights has had rave reviews and has compiled a long list of accolades. They have been featured multiple times on South Dakota Public Radio and television “In the Moment” and “No Cover No Minimum” programs sharing their history, their upcoming shows, and their upcoming music releases. The press coverage and interviews at their performances are blanketed across all mediums; newspaper, radio, and television.
Aces & Eights is committed to bringing back roots music. Listeners find themselves on a journey back to a simpler time when 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. They thoroughly enjoy and appreciate their audiences and make every effort to spend time during intermissions, before, and after shows for visits, hugs, and swapping stories.
She has that unique country twang blended with soulful swag. You are going to be mesmerized by the songs written and performed by Kim Bachman. She captures that vintage Emmy Lou Harris vs. Tanya Tucker sound and kicks it up a notch in lyrics that make you want to put on your best boots and go live life! Kim grew up playing music Saturday nights when the relatives would come over for supper. Hank, Merle, and George songs filled the house in addition to the laughter and great food. She picks an old time banjo style, a sweet mandolin, and rhythm guitar. She loves to sing the traditional music of Lacy J. Dalton, Emmy Lou Harris, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea, and Tammy Wynette. This gal is funny and her sense of humor and random story telling keeps the audience entranced!
The development of Harland Allen’s unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence from Hank Williams to Cat Stevens. His genuine unpretentious lyrics provide a blend of his exciting guitar playing and mellow vocals. Harland Allen’s songs resonate with feeling, compassion, and zest for life. He’s been a professional musician and entertainer since 1977. At that time he was playing acoustic guitar and singing songs by artists like James Taylor and Cat Stevens, along with favorite country and folk songs. Since then he has performed as a soloist, in duos, trios and in four and five piece bands. Harland has a beautiful baritone voice with a near two octave vocal range (well beyond two octaves when singing falsetto) and an old style country / rockabilly guitar playing style. The cover songs he plays range from James Taylor and Cat Stevens music to Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Harland Allen’s original songs are old style country (some crying in your beer songs) ballads, love songs, lost love songs. In the past couple of years he has also been pursuing a career as an actor. In that time he has had speaking parts in local and state television commercials, a web series and a short film.