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CD Review: ACES & EIGHTS – No Fluff Added

ACES & EIGHTS

No Fluff Added
Aces and Eights – Jackson – If I Needed You –
Love Hurts – She’s In Love With The Boy – Seven Bridges Road – Sea of
Heartbreak – Tennessee Whiskey – It Must Be Love – My Bucket’s Got A
Hole In It – Take Me Home Country Roads – Move It On Over
 
What’s so neat about reviewing CD’s by artists that I’ve
already heard previously, is the opportunity for me to listen to an
advancement in musical integrity and performance.  Aces & Eights is
made up of Kim Bachman and Harland Allen, both excellent musicians as
well as presenters and performers.  This particular CD “No Fluff Added”
is exactly that. I suspect it is a super good representation of how this
lovely duet sounds in concert.   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 perfections 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 ain’t any fluff added, it’s ‘reality’ and in the hands, hearts,
and souls of these two fine artists, it’s safe and secure for all to
hear.  Their selection of material is quite vast as well, and 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.  They are going to be at the 41st National Old Time Music
Festival in LeMars, Iowa, on the weekend, so I certainly encourage
anyone within driving distance to come see and hear them.  Thank you
Aces and Eights for ‘keeping the flame burning’ in old-time music.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA – www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International 

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