Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The self-titled 2005 debut by these old hands -- singer-songwriter Dave Gonzalez from the rockabilly outfit the Paladins, and guitarist/accordionist Chris Gaffney from Dave Alvin's band -- sounded somewhere between Waylon's wobbly warble and Willie's languorous delivery, and their album came with impeccable credentials: it was produced by Dan Penn and had his longtime pal Spooner Oldham as a guest (the guys who penned tracks like I'm Your Puppet and Cry Like A Baby, and who just picked up the Mojo magazine Roots award).
It's a great album and you should check it out.
This follow-up doesn't quite have the same frisson of surprise and instant charm, but there are more than enough standout tracks to welcome it to the Music From Elsewhere page.
This time out Gonzalez and Alvin -- with band, again produced by Penn -- once more deliver their brand of Western Soul, offer treatments of Cry Like A Baby (not quite as energetic as that by the Boxtops as you might guess), Penn/Oldham's It Tears Me Up, and soul legend Gamble and Huff's Cowboys to Girls.
There's also some retro Elvis-like rock with a bit of accordion thrown in (Bill Justis' Rebound), an original which is a gift to any Irish folk singer (If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy) and some gentle rockabilly twang (Different Today).
The Hacienda Brothers make it all sound effortless, the album will appeal to anyone who likes both Al Green and Willie Nelson, and they offer easy on the ear listening which also runs to some pretty deep emotions.