On the final day of the 40th Festival in the Park Aces & Eights Country Music performs on the Watering Hole Stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Spearfish Canyon Park.
ADMISSION: This is a FREE event!
Aces & Eights Classic Country Music is a traditional country music duo from the Black Hills of South Dakota. They received the 2016 CD of the Year from two organizations; National Traditional Country Music Association and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame. (scroll down for more details and videos)
The band is comprised of Kimberly Bachman and Harland Allen.
Kimberly Bachman grew up in Iowa on a farm. She bought her first guitar with her money from working in the fields all summer. Kim was surrounded by country music. Family tradition entailed Saturday night gatherings around the kitchen table when relatives would come over to visit and play music. She is firmly rooted in the country music of the 60’s and 70’s with a strong alto voice that carries one back to the day of the women who were the true legends of country music. Kim also plays the banjo and the mandolin and sings lead and harmony. Over the past ten years, she has filled in with a number of small bands until she found her true country niche with Aces & Eights. She lives in Belle Fourche, South Dakota with her husband and family.
Harland Allen was born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Lakewood, Colorado. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins and several other Folk and Country music artists from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He started his first garage band in junior high school and spent his teenage years playing rock and roll. Returning to his country and folk roots, he played as a soloist at local nightclubs and lounges. His first paying gig was in 1977. He continued to perform at local clubs and lounges playing acoustic guitar and singing songs by people like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, The Eagles, and a variety of country and folk music. Over the years, Harland has performed as a soloist and in a number of duos, trios, four, and five piece bands. He now lives in Sturgis, South Dakota with his wife and family.
VIDEO: “Landslide” Cover
Festival in the Park Sponsors
Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring this summer event to the Black Hills!
The Apple Blossom B&B, KEVN Black Hills, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, Century 21, Bay Leaf Cafe, City of Spearfish, DeSmet and Biggs, LLP, Forcoli & Sons Painting, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family