All the RAGE (Nashville) | by Heather Johnson, May 19-26, 2005

Roots and rockabilly fans from here to Hamburg are probably pinching themselves upon discovering the Hacienda Brothers, a raucous new combo composed of The Paladins' guitarist/singer-songwriter Dave Gonzalez and Cold Hard Facts frontman/Dave Alvin sideman Chris Gaffney. Sound too good to be true?

It's not. In fact, it's probably better than you can imagine. Because when these two talents came together a few years ago, it created a steamroller effect, fueled by a feisty combination of traditional country and Sam & Dave-style R&B that producer/songwriting great Dan Penn calls "Western soul." "We can play a rock joint, but if someone wants us to play a dancehall in Texas, we can do that too," Gonzalez tells All the Rage.

They hit Nashville with their equally exceptional bandmates to give us a dose of their self-tiled Koch debut. Splash some cold water on your face and find out why Joe Ely call Hacienda Brothers "perfect."