The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance

Thought of a fun song that I worked back in 1975 this morning, THIRD RATE ROMANCE, by a grew called, THE AMAZING RHYTHM ACES. They came from Knoxville, TN, and gathered in Memphis to record at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios the music they described as, ROOTS (a blend of rock, country, blues, R&B, folk) that would become a radio format known as Americana.

The original lineup included: Guiataris/Vocalist Russell Smith, Jim "Stick" Davis on Bass, Barry "Byrd" Burton, Guitar and Butch McDade, drums. The Aces were known and respected for their literate and quirky lyrics, which belied their appearance of country hicks. They are best known for the their cheeky tune, "Third Rate Romance," about a one-night stand in a hot-sheet motel, but there's also some pretty deep stuff on the 18 albums they released over a 30 years career. Lead Singer and Primary Vocalist Russell Smith is known for his distinctive vocals that resemble those of a Folk Storyteller.

The "Third Rate Romance" single is from their debut album titled STACKED DECK, and charted #11 U.S. Country and #14 on the Pop Chart, but the surprise was Canada where the tune scored #1 on both formats; maybe the Canadians have more of a sense of humor than least about love affairs. Here they are Live, the great touring band: The Amazing Rhtyhm Aces, on a pristine TV Video doing their signature song, "Third Rate Romance." @therealdonrocks

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