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This Article can be found in Tradition Magazine. Oct/Nov/Dec 2016.It is written by:Bob & Sheila Everhart -Recording Artists for the Prestigous Smithsonian Institution
World Wide Travelers & Performing Artists of America’s Old Time Music
Six AlbumsOne Grammy Nomination
What’s so neat about reviewing CD’s by artists that I have previously heard is the opportunity for me to listen to an advancement in musical integrity and performance. Aces & Eights is made of Kimberly Kaye and Harland Allen; both excellent musicians as well as presenters and performers. I know a whole big bunch of so-called country singers in Nashville who could not possibly do this kind of CD, simply because they run their voices through what they call the “box” to take away any imperfections or off key singing they might have done, and they’ve done a lot. Both Harland and Kim sing vocals, and their tight harmony works well too. Harland plays lead acoustic guitar, and Kim plays mandolin, banjo, and also does some guitar work. In combination, this kind of singing and playing must obviously harken back to another time, another place, where the “real deal” didn’t seem important because that’s how it was done. Can you imagine the Carter family going through the “fix it box” thing they do in Nashville? Kim and Harland are on that same par. They go the full limit and present songs in that old style that is so very missing from today’s commercial music. This is where all the fun is, where the “real deal” is, where there just plain isn’t any fluff added. It’s reality and in the hand, hearts, and soul of these two fine artists,. It’s safe and secure for all to hear. Their selection of material is quite vast as well hearing them sing, “If I Needed You” an old Townes Van Zandt song extremely well written and recorded by many in folk music as well as alternative have done it, but I think not quite so without fluff done so well by Harland and Kim. I certainly encourage anyone within driving distance to come see and hear them. Thank you Aces & Eights for “keeping the flame burning in old time music. See Aces & Eights Classic Country Music at the Oak Tree Opry House in Anita, Iowa on May 26, 2017 for a two hour classic country show you won’t want to miss!
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