Playing a delicious mix of traditional country and old-school soul, the Hacienda Brothers was an inspired collaboration dreamt up by singer-songwriter and accordion player Chris Gaffney (3 October 1950, Vienna, Austria, d. 17 April 2008, Newport Bech, California, USA) and guitarist Dave Gonzalez of blues/rockabilly outfit the Paladins. The duo had played together on a casual basis a number of times before deciding to make the arrangement more formal by recording an album as the Hacienda Brothers, releasing their self-titled debut in 2005 through Koch Nashville Records. The album was produced by fabled Memphis songwriter Dan Penn and featured musical backing from David Berzansky (pedal steel), Hank Maninger (bass) and Dale Daniel (drums). The songs, including two co-written by the estimable Penn, helped breathe new life into the honky-tonk tradition. The album deservedly earned Gaffney and Gonzalez a wealth of favourable reviews, and they quickly returned to the...
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