The Hacienda Brothers have recently released "Western Soul" as a tribute to their late leader, Chris Gaffney. This may be the final Hacienda Brothers record and it's certainly the first since 2008. Its 16 songs were either unreleased, or are versions that have never been heard before.
Western Soul will be on sale at the concert on Oct. 18, or order both CD and Vinyl online at https://luxrecordsusa.com/store.
Here is the history of the Hacienda Brothers:
The Hacienda Brothers originated in 2002 when friends Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez played together during a planned jam session at the 40th birthday party of their mutual friend, Jeb Schoonover. Gaffney was a successful singer and songwriter who had released several albums with his band The Cold Hard Facts and had toured with Dave Alvin. Gonzalez is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player, then mainly active with The Paladins. After playing on stage together, and at the urging of Schoonover (who would become their business partner and manager), they soon joined in Tucson, Ariz., to write and record their first album. Calling themselves the Hacienda Brothers, they were joined by Dave Berzansky (pedal steel), Hank Maninger (bass, also with the Aqua Velvets), and Dale Daniel (drums). Their self-titled debut in 2005 was produced by the legendary Dan Penn, who also wrote two tracks. The album was praised widely; Vintage Guitar magazine called it "a great CD.” What's Wrong with Right, also produced by Penn, was released the following year and garnered critical accolades. Bob Mehr, writing for Mojo Magazine, praised its "authentic sawdust-floor shuffles" and "cinematic Morricone twang." Their self-titled debut album appeared in 2005, and quickly the band received critical recognition for their eclectic music. Their second album, What's Wrong With Right, was chosen by the alternative country magazine No Depression as one of the top 60 albums for 2006 and by R&R as one of the top 100 Albums of 2006. Band leaders Gaffney and Gonzalez were interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air, and Gonzalez was voted one of the "Top 101 All-time Unsung Guitar Heroes" by Guitar Player Magazine. In 2007, they were nominated for "Group of the Year" by the American Music Association. In August 2007, they released a live album Music for Ranch & Town. Chris Gaffney died of liver cancer on April 17, 2008, while the band was wrapping up the recording of their third studio album, Arizona Motel. That album received great critical acclaim and was called "forceful and timeless." A positive review accompanied an "in memoriam" article for Gaffney in Vintage Guitar; a later review in the same magazine said the album "kicked butt.” "This album delivers more moments of greatness, more consistently, than any of their previous releases and is a fully realized work of music-craft." The band planned on touring in support of a tribute album for Gaffney and did so in 2008; on at least one occasion they were joined by Dave Alvin as a special guest. In 2009, a tribute album to Gaffney was released, A Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney, which included songs played by fellow Hacienda Brothers as well as many other luminaries.
On the occasion of the 10th year of his passing, Schoonover and Christopher Burkhardt of Stellar Shows organized a Chris Gaffney Reunion Party in Long Beach with 400 guests, family members and fans. Performers included Los Fabulocos, James Intveld, Rick Shea, The Cold Hard Facts with Dave Alvin and the reunited Hacienda Brothers.
Playing together again, the quartet were reminded of the immense popularity of the Hacienda Brothers - and became determined to resurrect their success.
"An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I'd kill for" - Dave Alvin
Longtime Southern California singer-songwriter Rick Shea got his early musical education in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino. While you may often see him live with his worn old Telecaster, backing up the likes of Dave Alvin and Wanda Jackson or burning through a set of his own songs and a few honky-tonk standards, he's also built a solid career for himself as a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. With nine critically acclaimed albums, he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast and across the country and in Europe.
Shea's songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with. "Songs tell our stories and our history and songs were how those stories were shared in the past, I'd like to continue that tradition."
"Shea is to interior California what Joe Ely is to west Texas: his music evokes deep Kern, San Bernardino and Riverside counties the way Ely nailed down Laredo - two pinches of old Mexico, a blast of exhaust from the bossman's new Suburban and a baseline of working-stiff desperation."
**** four stars - Jackson Griffith
“Like all outstanding folk writers, Shea knows the land and its human inhabitants are inseparable, and the former is predictable only in doing unpredictable things to the latter.“ David McGee - Deep Roots
"Shea’s storytelling, songwriting and performing skills place him in the tradition alongside the finest California roots singer-songwriters of the last 40 years including Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and John Stewart." - No Depression
"a hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail rich songwriter, do yourself a favor" - Sing Out
"Superb!.. Shea’s songs are second to none."
- Jonny Whiteside LAWeekly
On Fri. Aug. 18, experience the Hacienda Brothers along with Rick Shea & The Losin' End at the Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. Pac Coast Hwy.
See StellarShows.net for seats.
All ages, Free parking, Full Menu and VIP seating avail.