This Dennis Adkins penned song was recorded by George Strait for his album Beyond the Blue Neon. It was released in July 1989 as the third single from the LP and became his 18th #1 Country single - his 11th chart-topper in a row.
The song is about how you have to keep a few tricks up your sleeve in order to get ahead in life. The title is a term meaning a secret or powerful advantage. According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, the reference is to the game of stud poker, in which an ace, being the most valuable card, is turned face down on the table and is not revealed. Only the player who holds it knows of his secret power. The hole is simply a place of concealment.
George's touring band is called "The Ace in the Hole Band." He was the band's lead singer before beginning his solo career in the early 1980s.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
It really was so easy for Linda Ronstadt to score a hit with her Buddy Holly cover of "It's So Easy." She would sometimes change the lyric to: "It's so easy to have a hit, all you have to do is recycle it."