The Ace in the Hole Band really got its start in Texas around 1975. Members were bassist Terry Hale, drummer Tommy Foote, and guitarist Mike Daily. The young guys had performed together some, but what they really needed was a good lead singer to front the group. It just so happened that a young artist by the name of George Strait was starting out and looking for a band. When Strait answered an ad from a university bulletin board, it was one of those moments like when syrup and pancakes were mixed together for the first time.