INTRODUCING ACE ACKER
The Perfect Soundtrack for Any Event
Steven "Ace"Acker has been making music and hits since his teens in Warren, Ohio. He founded the band LAW in 1971, which was discovered and signed to MCA Records in 1975 by The Who. LAW toured throughout the decade with The Who, Bob Seger, Boston, Bad Company, and nearly every other major rock act of the era. He was (and is) widely regarded as one of the finest and most exciting rock and blues guitarists to ever emerge from the Northeast United States.
In 1978, Steve left the band and joined his family in Jackson, Mississippi, where his father was running two General Motors plants. Two years later he scored a regional hit 45 rpm record with a rock college fight song titled "Bulldog Blitz" for Mississippi State University. He joined the state's largest advertising agency in 1982, where he composed many popular jingles and created numerous award-winning ad campaigns. He left Jackson in 1985 after graduating from Mississippi College, to work as a creative director for a Nashville advertising agency, where he remained for 14 years. During this period his work earned numerous national creative awards. An adult education program Ace created for Dollar General Stores earned a Special Award from President Reagan and has, to date, resulted in 1.5 million Dollar General customers earning their GED Certificates or learning how to read.
In 1999 Ace returned to Jackson and produced hit CD's for Ole Miss & Mississippi State University.
Composing original songs like “The Hotty Toddy Song and ”(All Aboard) The Rebel Express” for Ole Miss, and “Bulldog Blitz “ and “The Dawgpound Rock” for Mississippi State, Ace has discovered a unique niche he is now in the process of mining across the nation with his University Jams.
After scoring a songwriting/production deal in New York City in 2007, Steve left Mississippi again to spend two years in his native Ohio and then back again to Nashville. He now divides his time between Nashville and Jackson, where his parents still live.
Ace is available to perform his vast repertoire of originals, blues, and classic hits--live guitar and lead vocals performed over his own professionally produced backing tracks--for clubs, parties, and special events. An evening with Ace Acker is an evening of rollicking entertainment and dazzling musical skills that will satisfy any listener in the audience...drunk or sober! (And if it's a more low key affair, Ace has plenty of mellow acoustic music in his trick bag, too).
Ace Acker: Everything!
Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Elvis, Motown, Stax-Volt, James Brown, James Taylor, The Ventures, West Side Story, Earth Wind & Fire, The Who, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkle, Cream.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 180 minutes
Musically, I treat my audience to an eclectlic blend of acoustic and electric guitar-based music. I do classic hits from the 60's, 70's, 90's, and today (not so big on 80's music). My forte' is my guitar playing. I came up through the ranks in the Steel Valley, a 150 mile long belt full of incredible musicians in the 60's and 70's, from Cleveland to Pittsburgh and all points inbetween. I am generally ranked just behind The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Christian recording artist Phil Keaggy (one of the world's finest guitarists) as one the three best rock guitarists to ever emerge from that region.
The advantage of growing up in such a fertile musical environment was that I learned stagecraft at an early age. I learned how to entertain, as well as play and sing, lessons that I carry with me on the stage as Ace Acker, the solo performer.
I have an innate sense of what is appropriate to perform at any given moment during the event. If low-key acoustic music is called for, that's what I do. If the audience wants to dance, dance music is what they get. If they want to rock, I rock.
As a professional songwriter, I do sprinkle my sets with original songs. Most people enjoy them. The cover songs I perform are all songs I personally love. Because of my technical prowess on the guitar, and as a producer and arranger of my own backing tracks, you will hear many songs from Ace that you will seldom, if ever, hear from any other "one man band"...or any band, for that matter.
I have a very simple stage setup. I can be in and set up in 20 minutes and out in 20 minutes. I ask only for Coke or Dr. Pepper to drink. Currently, I do not carry my own lighting, so it is helpful to set up in a corner or an area of the stage that is well-lit. My P.A. system is great for small to medium size rooms. For larger venues I may need to rent a larger system or use the house system. That's about it.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
Somewhere Out There – James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt
Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
The Dance – Garth Brooks
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Play Something Country – Brooks and Dunn
Hey Soul Sister – Train
When Doves Cry – Prince
Blue Jean Blues – ZZ Top
Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Back in the USSR – The Beatles
Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Bad Company
Twist and Shout – The Isley Brothers
'Cause We've Ended as Lovers – Jeff Beck
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Come Together – The Beatles
Crossroads – Cream
Dancing in the Street – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Europa – Carlos Santana
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Fire – Bruce Springsteen
Freebird – Lynerd Skynerd
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Hideaway – Freddie King
Hotel California – The Eagles
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis
Purple Rain – Prince
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynerd Skynerd
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
1999 – Prince
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Lyin' Eyes – The Eagles
My Generation – The WHO
THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST TO DEMONSTRATE MY RANGE. FULL LIST AVAILABLE ON MY WEBSITE.
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