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.
Benny McArthur (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.www.artistexclusivechannel.com
Mike Kennedy (drums)
Bio coming soon!
Jon Kemppainen (fiddle, vocals)
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.
Tom Batts (bass guitar, vocals)
Tom Batts grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas, where he began in music by playing piano and then saxophone. He eventually found his niche, moving to bass guitar and gaining an understanding of entertaining an audience on vocals while contributing to the rhythm section. An advocate of traditional country music, this 20-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.