GOLDMINE | by Michael Buffalo Smith, August 18, 2006

Album Review

The Hacienda Brothers, led by singer/songwriter Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez, ripped up the charts with their debut album last year, a fantastic “western soul” release.  A key element to the Brothers success was the enlistment of legendary Muscle Shoals icon Dan Penn, who provided many of his masterfully crafted songs and produced the record.  Now, the magic has once again been created, as Penn teams with the Haciendas for What’s Wrong With Right, an excellent 13-song release.

The new album features several Gonzalez/Gaffney originals, as well as some Penn classics, including a hot new version of “Cry Like A Baby,” “It Tears Me Up” and “Life’s Little Ups And Downs.”  There’s also a primo cover of the 1968 Intruders hit, “Cowboys To Girls.”

The centerpiece of the album has to be the title track, “What’s Wrong With Right,” co-written by Gonzalez and Penn, a beautiful steel guitar-laced country tune destined to become a classic.  Penn is one of the South’s most prolific songwriters as well as an A-list producer, and combined with the ultra-talented Hacienda Brothers, he adds yet another feather to his cap and another strong branch to the rock ‘n’ roll family tree.