Texas Jamm Band
Featuring Members of George Strait’s ACE IN THE HOLE BAND
What began as a weekly local jam session for some of the Ace in the Hole Band members has grown into a very successful honky-tonking, hard-driving country band of seasoned musicians. Fans embrace the timeless and classic sound of the Jamm Band featuring members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band.
Don’t miss out on our Saturday night headline band for the 2019 South Texas Cowboy Gathering!
Mike Daily (steel guitar)
Mike has been a member of the Texas Jamm Band since its inception, and he is also one of the original founding members of the Ace in the Hole Band. Mike comes from a proud country music family tradition that originated in Houston. His grandfather – known as Pappy – discovered George Jones and recorded and produced Jones for his first years as an artist. Mike’s father Don and his uncle owned the legendary Cactus Records. Don was the first to record his son’s Ace in the Hole Band with George Strait as lead vocalist. Three of those original eight recordings can be found on the George Strait Box Set. Mike has performed with many other acts, including Rick Trevino, The Derailers, Aaron Watson, and Houston Marchman.
Ronnie Huckaby (piano)
Ronnie Huckaby was born and raised in Waco. He began playing music at the age of 6 and formed his first band when he was 11. After high school, he moved to Austin in the early 1970s to experience the exploding outlaw country movement firsthand. He played in local bands around the area until an audition with George Strait in 1983 led him to his current position as band leader and piano player for the country music superstar. One of the highlights of Ronnie’s career was playing the presidential retreat at Camp David for then President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush with George Strait and fellow Ace in the Hole member Rick McRae. In addition to his almost countless concert appearances and best-selling recordings, Ronnie has also appeared in the movies Pure Country and Stop-Loss.
(guitar, fiddle, vocals)
Benny McArthur began playing the guitar when he was 13 years old and he picked up the fiddle in his early 20s. He played all the honky tonks and beer joints around his home town of Fort Worth until he moved to Austin in the early 1970s where he joined the Country Music Review, considered the premier country band in Austin at the time. Later, he joined Houstonian Mundo Earwood as his guitar and fiddle player and front-man. In 1983, Benny had the opportunity to join George Strait and he has been a member of Ace in the Hole ever since. His talents are many: guitar, fiddle, vocals, songwriting, producer and studio musician. He wrote George’s hit song When it’s Christmas Time in Texas. Benny is also co-founder of the Artist Exclusive Channel which is a new subscription web site designed for independent artists and their fans.
Jon is a fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He began playing violin at age 7 and studied classically. Jon has recorded and toured with nationally acclaimed bands such as the 90’s retro swing band, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and classic honky tonk revivalists, the Two Dollar Pistols. He has had the great fortune to play with many of his heroes including Clifford Antone, Pinetop Perkins, Pete Mitchell, Bert Rivera, Red Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar and Johnny Gimble. Aside from meeting Johnny Gimble for the first time, one of his greatest musical highlights was opening for Merle Haggard.
(guitar, fiddle, vocals)
Rick McRae has traveled extensively for over three decades as a guitarist for George Strait’s “Ace In The Hole Band”. A versatile player in several styles, Rick also sings and doubles on fiddle and Mandolin. Rick was elected to the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2008 and has toured and recorded with many local and national acts including Don Walser, and Jason Roberts and Asleep at The Wheel. He can also be seen fronting his own groups around central Texas.
Tom Batts (bass guitar, vocals)
Tom Batts grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas, where he began in music by playing piano, saxophone, and guitar. He eventually found his niche, moving to bass guitar and entertaining an audience on vocals while contributing to the rhythm section. An advocate of traditional country music, this 27-year veteran of the Texas honky-tonk circuit says one of his career highlights was playing at the world famous WSM Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Tom is a graduate of Texas State University.
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Trinity Seely’s life has taken her to many different places ranging from the Chilcotin of British Columbia, where she grew up, to Ojai, Califronia to the high plains of Wyoming, the Sandhills of Nebraska and finally to the Big Belt Mountains outside Cascade, Montana where she and husband Jeff, along with their children, currently live and work on a large cattle ranch. They have lived and worked on big outfits where cowboys are accustomed to working long, hard days in all sorts of conditions to earn their pay. The songs Trinity writes and sings about are from the perspective of a ranch wife, cowgirl and mother. Her lyrics offer a musical window into her life and cut deep in those who appreciate her eloquent way of describing the cowboy lifestyle. The only way one can do that is by living and breathing it themselves. She definitely has a gift for painting a picture with her words and singing in her own style of music which is a blend of Western, Folk and traditional Country. Trinity has been a featured performer at cowboy gatherings across the nation as well as Germany. She has received numerous nominations and awards from the Academy of Western Artists, Western Writers of America, and Western Music Association including Female Singer of the Year, Western Album of the Year and Song of the Year for “Cowboy Hat”, “Old Poly Rope” and “Cricket Roll”. Her song “Cowboy‘s Wage” was recently archived into the Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma City and her song “The Hand”, co-written with Waddie Mitchell, recently won the Spur Award and Song of the Year from the Western Writers of America.
“Straw” Berry grew up in west central Oklahoma and became part of the third generation of Berry’s to work and live on the Botchlett Ranch raising sheep, cattle and (believe it or not) turkeys. Straw and his father work a small cow/calf and wheat operation in Washita County, Oklahoma and he starts a few colts. He has been writing and reciting Cowboy Poetry since about 2000. He and his wife Penny live in Cordell, Oklahoma where he is vice-president of the Washita County Historical Society. Straw has performed at numerous cowboy gatherings including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Cowboy Symposium. He has a CD of original poetry titled “Red Hill Reflections”.
Tin Roof is an acoustic three-piece band whose genre can best be described as eclectic. If it’s a great song with nice guitar parts and beautiful vocal harmonies, Tin Roof does it! Their rendition of songs the Sons of the Pioneers made famous years ago is sure to please everyone. In addition to songs of the American West and the Silver Screen, this versatile group’s repertoire includes songs made famous by Merle Haggard, Keith Urban, Dan Fogelberg, Simon and Garfunkle, and The Eagles. Tin Roof features Kirk Herbold (lead vocals / guitar), John Masterson (backing vocals / lead guitar) and Danielle Grove (lead vocals / backing vocals). Kirk, John and Danielle each hold, or have held, professional or academic posts at Texas Lutheran University.
Gary is an award-winning Western singer / songwriter / musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. His jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences at concerts and festivals all over the globe. American Cowboy Magazine calls him “Amazing. You’ve never seen or heard anything like him.” True West Magazine says “This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the Cowboy hat off your head”. Indeed, Gary’s dazzling musicianship has earned him an Academy of Western Artists Award, eight Western Music Association award nominations and two Grammy Award Nomination considerations. His songs have reached the #1 spot on the Western radio charts, and he has provided music to the soundtracks of TV and film including major motion pictures by Disney and Warner Brothers. Don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top “Harmonicowboy”!
Jim is a Western folk musician and author who tells it like it was, is and will be in the great American West. Native Texan and student of the West, Jim lives, sings and writes about cowboys, horses, cattle rustlers and such. He knows there’s more to the story though… how the coming of the train changed the West, how critical water is for survival. Lest we seem too serious, we should state that Jim knows people want to be entertained. You’ll enjoy his music AND you’ll have fun. He’s performed in honky-tonks and churches, schools and Irish pubs, campfires and high teas and he’s made’em all laugh (yep, even at the high tea!). Jim’s singing, songwriting, hot guitar-picking and winning personality keeps him in demand on the Western music circuit, folk music venues and at house concerts, coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the country. He received the 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for “Texas is Burnin’,” followed by a second Spur in 2017 for the Jim Jones/Allan Chapman tune “Halfway Down the Devil’s Road.” His 2015 CD “Race with the Wind” garnered airplay in the U.S. and overseas and his 2018 CD “Headin’ Home” has met with critical acclaim as well. His award-winning books, the Jared Delaney trilogy – “Rustler’s Moon”, “Colorado Moon” and “Waning Moon” — are set in northern New Mexico, “loosely based in fact… basically, a pack of lies I made up.” His fourth novel, “The Big Empty”, Five Star Publishing, 2016, was a finalist for Best Historical Fiction Novel in the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. His fifth novel, “The Lights of Cimmaron”, will be released by Five Star in early 2019. Jim lives in Albuquerque with his wife and two dogs, Jessie and Colter.
Mike Blakely is a singer / songwriter that has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others. As an author, Mike has published 19 books with major New York City publishers. His upcoming novel, “A Sinister Splendor”, will be released in February 2019. It is a historical novel about the Mexican War. He is currently at work on Part Two. His latest album, “The Outside Circle”, features ten songs about the wild west and cowboy life, past and present. A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a journalism degree from UT-Austin. He released his first novel in 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007. Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year. Mike grew up ranching and training horses and currently lives near Fredericksburg, Texas.
Allan is a three time Grammy nominee, winner of the American Song Festival, a Clio winner, nominated for the prestigious Song of the Year Award by the Academy of Western Artists and The Western Music Association and with songwriting credits going back thirty plus years for performers like The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, George Jones, Sandy Posey and numerous international recording artists. Allan has been writing and producing music most of his adult life. He is a sixth generation Texan who grew up on a family ranching operation that dates back over 120 years. He received his Masters Degree from TCU in Ft. Worth and taught English at Oklahoma State University. At the urging of friends and other musicians he left teaching “to run away and join the music circus”, writing songs in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. In the late 1980’s, Allan returned to Texas to help run the family ranching operations and stayed. The subject matter for the western songs he writes now ranges from the experiences of today’s rural ranchers to the history of the Great American West. Allan is married to the fiddle instrumentalist extraordinaire – Rodeo Kate. Together they live in rural Wise County, Texas with various hooved animals.