Amazing Rhythm Aces play old favorites at the Buff |

Amazing Rhythm Aces play old favorites at the Buff

Amazing Rhythm Aces9 p.m. Saturday, April 5Buffalo Valley Inn, Glenwood Springs$22 at door, $18 in advanceMust be 21 or older

Staff ReportThe country-style storytelling of the Amazing Rhythm Aces is easy to sing along with, and highly memorable.For more than two decades, songs like “Third Rate Romance,” “Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)” and the Grammy-winning “The End Is Not in Sight” remain etched in the hearts and minds of a generation as benchmarks of popular music’s better days. The group disbanded in 1981, but its songs lived on as radio staples, and albums were coveted by collectors.In 1995 the original Aces teamed up again to record a collection of their best known material, under the title “Ride Again.” In 1996 they recorded “Out Of The Blue,” an album new material.By 1997, the reformation was official; the Aces were back as a full-time band with original members Jeff “Stick” Davis (bass), James Hooker and Billy Earheart (keyboards), drummer Butch McDade, and vocalist and primary songwriter Russell Smith. Their new CD, “Chock Full Of Country Goodness,” features more of Smith’s uniquely rich songwriting and the kind of soul-stirring playing that have kept fans loyal for more than two decades.Since then, the Aces have began a solid string of U.S. dates. They’ll play in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, April 5, at Buffalo Valley Inn.”What’s happened for us is really gratifying,” Smith says of the group’s rebirth and subsequent popularity. “When you consider the competition that’s out there today, all the music available to people, it’s truly humbling to think that so many people want to hear what we do. “We didn’t have to run around trying to find something that `worked,’either. We’ve always had an identity, sound-wise, and we’ve stuck to it. “New songs keep it fresh, and we’ve focused on recording in a way that sounds as real as possible – as close to live as you can make it, with everyone playing together and very few overdubs and so forth – but basically we’re just the same kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants outfit we’ve always been. “I think that kind of energy is a big part of our appeal,” Smith said.Tickets for the Buffalo Valley show are $22 at the door, $18 in advance available at Watersweeper & the Dwarf, Glenwood Music and Buffalo Valley in Glenwood Springs, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Harrelson Music in Rifle, or charge by phone to Sounds Easy at 963-1303 or to Buffalo Valley at 945-5297 (surcharge applied on credit card purchases).This is a smoke-free McIntosh Music Productions.

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