STUDIO CITY SUN/SHERMAN OAKS SUN/ENCINO SUN| by Marc Marks, August 28, 2006

Live Show Review

Last Friday night the Hacienda Brothers played selections from their new CD, “What’s Wrong With Right,” as well as other fan favorites, to a packed house at Cozy’s. Blues and soul met country — right here on Ventura Boulevard. Lead guitarist Dave Gonzalez was the bandleader of The Paladins, the North San Diego County cow punks who had a big following and released several CDs. The other front man, Chris Gaffney, got his start backing Webb Pierce and Ferlin Husky in a Toronto bar, once threw left jabs as the 1967 Los Angeles Golden Gloves champ and then split his time between Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men and his own band, the Cold Hard Facts, before joining Gonzalez as a Hacienda Brother. These soul cowboys are blazing a new musical territory called Country Soul, characterized by wailing pedal steel guitars and squeezeboxes taking the place of the brass section. There was standing room only when we arrived for the second set, with a room full of Hollywood hipsters who didn’t go to the Randy Weeks CD release party over the hill at The Mint. The Hacienda Brothers hit the road to play in Texas and Louisiana and other points southeast after this Sherman Oaks stop. Amen to that.