THE TENNESSEEAN | by Nicole Keiper, May 21, 2005

Country Soul

Oh, Brothers! Band's got soul!

Helmed by bandleaders/songwriters Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez, the Hacienda Brothers make that time-tested kind of country-soul stuff that, too often, ain't made like it used to be.

Gaffney's resume includes leading a rootsy combo called The Cold Hard Facts, while Gonzalez played guitar and sang in rockabilly-blues act The Paladins. The two make use of their honed stylistic strengths on The Brothers' self-titled debut, released earlier this year on Koch Nashville. It's a straight-forward mix of old-fashioned twang and throaty wails, crafted with steady, practiced hands.

The disc's soul side was augmented by producer Dan Penn, a Southern soul vet who's worked with Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke.