Hacienda Brothers (from the album Western Soul available on Lux Records)
Serving as a reminder, Western Soul collects unreleased tracks from Hacienda Brothers, the sixteen cuts recalling the near-perfection of the band in their beginnings. A Hacienda Brothers song is a pop-up honky tonk, the music spilling like cosmic country honey from Western Soul when timid guitar notes pick out a path for the claims in “I’ve Got a Secret” while a Cajun rhythm adds some twang for the celebration as a story of “Bayou Bum”. Hacienda Brothers toss out some rock’n’roll jangle to head for the exit in “Leavin’ Town as well as offering an acoustic version of Bobby Bare cut.
Studio tracks, demos, alternate takes, and rough mixes make up the song listing for Western Soul. With only four albums released, Hacienda Brothers passed with the death of co-founder, Chris Gaffney.Western Soul, produced by founding member Dave Gonzalez when Dave, along with Chris Gaffney entered the studio to record tracks by band favorite singers, reconditioning the Tammy Wynette hit “Don’t Touch Me”, Johnny Paycheck’s “Or Is It Love”, Lynn Anderson’s “Hey Virginia”, and The Intruders “Cowboys to Girls”. The Hacienda Brothers debut album was recorded by legendary producer/songwriter Dan Penn, the songs on Western Soul the hooks that caught Penn’s ear for the band sound. Joined by the crew that had backed them on the road for a year, Dave Gonzalez and Chris Gaffney entered the studio with songs, worked out by touring bandmates Dave Berzansky on steel, Hank Maninger on bass and Dale Daniel on drums. Western Soul leaves voice mail messages and studio snippets of conversation in the final mix that add to the charm of the album as the music spins memories of songs as well as a band to be remembered. Hacienda Brothers count time passing on a classic country beat in “A Lot of Days are Gone” and offer a tune for “Tucson”, singing a tribute backed a by a Tex Mex border sway.
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