Aces Up hails from small-town Enumclaw, Wash., but dont expect the brothers who front the country-rock band to mention that.
Nobody knows where Enumclaw is, explains guitarist Jason Adams, 30, whose younger brother, Tyler, 25, handles vocal duties.
We just say Seattle. I think it blows everybody away, too. ... A country band out of Seattle? What in the hell is this?
The energetic, up-and-coming quartet, which headlines Friday, Feb. 1, at Reef, 105. S. 6th St. (10 p.m., $5), knows that anything remotely unique is a big bonus in todays competitive music universe. And playing the role of oddity hick-rockers from Grungeville has convinced a few promoters to give Aces Up a shot, Adams says.
But to earn a chance at real success, a band needs talent, drive and commitment.
So Aces Up is putting its cards on the table.
Were on the road full time now, Adams says. Its huge. Scary, actually. But I think it will be worth it.
Aces Up formed in 2006 but didnt do anything productive until 2010, Adams says. The group has opened for Steve Holy and Brad Paisley but just started playing out-of-state dates about 18 months ago.
This tour which also includes a show Sunday, Feb. 3, at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum is the first time the Adams brothers have given up their day jobs to perform.
The trick will be getting crowds out to witness their live show.
Aces Up has designated its Reef gig as an after-party for Texas band Reckless Kellys concert Feb. 1 at the Morrison Center. (Bring a Reckless Kelly ticket stub and you get into Reef free.) Its easy to imagine more than a few Reckless Kelly fans appreciating Aces Up, which delivers hook-laden, rocked-up dance-floor gems such as Piece of Heaven. (Lyrics: Well, shes my truck drivin, trailer livin, whiskey drinkin piece of heaven.)
Adams mentions that Aces Up has opened for Texas act The Randy Rogers Band and also toured briefly with the Lone Star States Cody Canada and the Departed.
Aces Up hopes to record its next several songs in Austin, Texas, Adams says any place, it seems, besides close to home. Strange as it seems, Seattle is still haunted by ghosts of the early 90s, Adams says.
I (recorded) an EP in Seattle, and it just turned out like super, super rock n roll, Adams says. I love rock, dont get me wrong. That just wasnt fitting the mold. It was like Pearl Jam with country lyrics.
Reactions on the Statesmans Facebook page ranged from outrage to delight after I posted a CBS Survivor publicity photo of Sherri Biethman of Boise and a tongue-in-cheek question: Do you think if more Boiseans looked like this in a bikini, we would wind up on more reality-TV shows?
What a ridiculous, sexist question, scolded one commenter.
This is the end of our relationship, Idaho Statesman, announced another.
Quipped one more: Good question, Statesman! Im not sure I can make an informed answer based on one picture. Please post more so we can provide accurate feedback.
I cant help there. What I can do is point out that Biethman, 41, is a contestant on Survivor: Caramoan Fans vs. Favorites, which premieres Feb. 13. Before that, Ryan Pickett, 32, who grew up in Rigby but relocated to Boise briefly in 2011, will appear Feb. 8 on the CBS reality series Jobs.
Theres also an Eagle business on ABCs Shark Tank Feb. 15.
Read more about Idahos reality-TV blitz in my Sunday column.
Give Treefort Music Fest organizers credit. By staggering band announcements, they keep us talking about the festival every few weeks.
The latest news was highlighted by a three-night run of all-ages Built To Spill shows at El Korah Shrine. Opening acts were chosen by frontman Doug Martsch (who declined to comment) and include veteran alt-rockers Camper Van Beethoven.
Including two sold-out gigs and a third show just added Downtown later this month, that will make six Built To Spill concerts in Boise in a span of six weeks.
Treefort is March 21-24 in Downtown Boise.
Worried that you wont be able to hear the Super Bowl ads because people at your party wont shut up already? Go online. Many advertisers already have their ads up on YouTube.
Speaking of ridiculous and sexist, fans of those GoDaddy.com commercials are going to be bummed out by the companys new non-racy ad campaign this year.
This is the end of our relationship, Super Bowl!
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Michael Deeds column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life.