Amazing Rhythm Aces

Amazing Rhythm Aces
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A mainstream country-rock band similar in execution (if not commercial success) to the Eagles, the Amazing Rhythm Aces were formed in Memphis in 1974 by bassist Jeff Davis and drummer Butch McDade, who had earlier recorded and toured with the great singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester. After striking out on their own, Davis and McDade enlisted vocalist/guitarist Russell Smith, keyboardist Billy Earhart III, dobro player Barry Burton, and pianist James Hooker to develop a sound composed of equal parts pop, country and blue-eyed soul. Stacked Deck, the Amazing Rhythm Aces debut album, appeared in 1975; it produced two significant crossover hits, "Third Rate Romance" and "Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)," the group's lone Top Ten country single. A year later, the hit "The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)," from the LP Too Stuffed to Jump, won the Aces a Grammy for Country Vocal Performance by a Group. Following the release of 1977's Toucan Do It Too, Burton left the group, and was replaced by Duncan Cameron. In 1978, the Aces released Burning the Ballroom Down, followed a year later by a self-titled effort featuring cameos by Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson and the Muscle Shoals Horns; both were met with critical approval, but sold poorly. They released one final record, How the Hell Do You Spell Rhythum, before disbanding. While Smith went on to become a successful songwriter, Earhart joined Hank Williams, Jr.'s Bama Band, and Cameron joined Sawyer Brown--a group which, ironically enough, would find significant chart success in the 1980s with a sound similar to what the Amazing Rhythm Aces had created a decade earlier. After a hiatus of some 15 years, the Aces reformed in 1994. The group, now comprised of Smith, Davis, McDade, Earhart, Hooker and new guitarist/mandolinist Danny Parks, marked their return to duty by releasing Born Again, a collection of newly-recorded renditions of their biggest hits. In addition, they also began composing new songs for a projected comeback album; although McDade's cancer-related death on November 29, 1998 temporarily halted that plan, Chock Full of Country Goodness finally appeared in mid-1999

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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 8

Amazing Rhythm Aces   01/13/2010            
These guys have been around for a long time. All of their newer stuff is amazing as well as the older. They have been apart and back together. Some have passed away.Too much great stuff to write about. I can see why they are the "Honorary Texans" !
Amazing Rhythm Aces   01/08/2008            
I had "Stacked Deck" on 8 track back in the seventies, looking back they were WAY ahead of their time. There was really no such genre as "Alternative Country" back then; I guess their niche was in the Southern Rock genre, leaning more towards Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels than Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet. If you're an Alt Country fan and you're not familiar with them, they're definitely worth checking out.
Amazing Rhythm Aces   07/05/2007            
Larry Reddell
I bought "Too Stuffed to Jump" on 8-track cartridge back in the 70s and sang most of its songs to myself for 25 years between the time the tape wore out and the album was finally released on CD. Nobody has ever blended country, rock, jazz and blues like this group did. Russell Smith is a master songwriter and the band interprets every song like a group of truly professonal musicians who just love what they are doing. Their effort on "Stacked Deck" might be a notch below, but not by enough to make a difference. This band and these songs are an absolute blast.
Amazing Rhythm Aces   05/02/2007            
need the cords for amazed
Amazing Rhythm Aces   11/13/2005            
Mike Walker
There have been very few bands with the range of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Russell Smith is a wordsmith with heartfelt phrasing and impeccable timimg. Along with Big House and Little Feat, the band I miss the most. I have worn grooves on grooves on the original vinyl. When music was fun.
Amazing Rhythm Aces   01/28/2005            
Amazing Rhythm Aces   11/29/2004            
Amazing Rhythm Aces   10/22/2004            
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