Double Down Country Music Theater comes to The Journey|
- January 27, 2017
RAPID CITY, SD – Every nook and cranny in Rapid City is filled with events and special programs during the city’s annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Rapid City. This year that includes The Journey Museum, partnering with a rising music duo to present the Aces & Eights Double Down Country Music Theater.
Scheduled are two performances on Saturday, January 28 and again on Saturday, February 4, both at 4:00pm and 6:00pm. Harland Allen of the Aces & Eights duo that includes Kim Bachman, describes the venue.
“The Journey has a really nice theater, a great setting for shows like this one,” notes Allen. “And the facility is just across the street from the Civic Center. Shuttles are available on a continual basis making it really convenient to stock show audiences.”
‘Three chords and the truth’ may sound pretty simple but if it were, everyone would be doing it – recreating the classic country sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Allen of Sturgis, SD has been a staple on the Black Hills music scene for over 40 years. The other half of the duo Kim Bachman of Belle Fourche, SD, began playing multiple instruments and singing at a young age. The two would eventually cross paths that led to their current collaboration.
“Our music is classic country, it goes back to the roots of country, the music from the 50’s and 60’s,” explains Allen. “It’s the same with the harmonies we do; June and Johnny Cash, Emmy Lou Harris and Don Williams – those kind of harmonies.”
The performances at The Journey are part of a bigger movement towards bringing classic country to more people, says Harland who thinks places like Nashville have their own distinct sounds …. but it’s not country – something that fans are hungry for, according to Allen.
“What’s coming out of Nashville is not holding true to what real country music is,” says Allen. It’s an industry, stamping out as much as they can to make as much money as they can with no regard to the quality of lyrics, arrangements, and vocals they’re putting out.” He adds, “It’s all highly produced by it doesn’t reflect original country music.
Audiences will hear music from the duo’s National Country Music and South Dakota Country Music CD of the Year, “No Fluff Added.” Also in the mix during the one hour shows are the duo’s second album, “The Heart of Country Music,” plus original songs written and arranged by Allen and Bachman. He describes the format as a combination of the ‘Grand Ole’ Opry’ with ‘Hee-Haw’.
“Our music sets are entertaining and retro,” notes Allen. “Story telling – along with a few bad jokes – plus classic country music is a formula for fun.
For more information on performances and music go on line to acesandeightsmusic.com and journeymuseum.org.