A mainstream country-rock band similar in execution (if not commercial success) to
. After striking out on their own,
to develop a sound composed of equal parts pop, country, and blue-eyed soul.
, 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
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, Earheart
joined Hank Williams, Jr.
's Bama Band
, and Cameron
joined Sawyer Brown
-- a group that, 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 Amazing Rhythm Aces
re-formed in 1994. The Aces
, now comprised of Smith
, and new guitarist/mandolinist Danny Parks
, marked their return to duty by releasing Ride 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.