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What's Wrong With Right

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Album Review

The second album from the Hacienda Brothers, 2006's What's Wrong with Right, is cut from the same cloth as the self-titled 2004 debut from Chris Gaffney, guitarist Dave Gonzalez, and their musical cronies, but if the approach is very much the same, there's no arguing that they've gotten even better at fusing classic country and old-school soul into one emotionally powerful package. If one wants to pinpoint a difference this time out, the R&B side of the mixture has been beefed up, and Chris Gaffney's vocals communicate the necessary passion and heartache with genuine force and a fine actor's sense of drama; while Gaffney has always been a fine singer, his performances here rank with his best work in the studio to date. Dave Gonzalez doesn't bring quite as much flashy picking to What's Wrong with Right, giving pedal steel player David Berzansky more room to move, but when he does step up, he sounds fine indeed, and the final track, "Son of Saguaro," is a great showcase for his deep and twangy licks. Southern soul legend Dan Penn produced these sessions as he did on the first album, and he gives the music a clean and unobtrusive sound while urging some stellar work from the band. Bringing a few classic R&B numbers to the set (including "It Tears Me Up," "Cowboys to Girls," and "Cry Like a Baby") was a gamble that paid off big-time, giving the group plenty of room to shine (and Gaffney is truly outstanding on the Charlie Rich classic "Life's Little Ups and Downs"). The group's original tunes are fine stuff, too, especially "Midnight Dream," "The Last Time," and the title cut (which Penn co-wrote with Gonzalez). What's Wrong with Right is great soulful music proving that heart and passion recognize no generic boundary line, something that defines the Hacienda Brothers' musical mission.

Biography

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s

Playing classic-style country music with a strong undertow of vintage soul, the Hacienda Brothers are a collaboration between two gifted roots music artists. Vocalist Chris Gaffney is a singer and songwriter who has released several albums with his band, the Cold Hard Facts, and recorded and toured as a member of Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, while Dave Gonzalez is best known as the guitarist, singer, and songwriter with the veteran blues-rockabilly combo the Paladins. Longtime friends Gaffney...
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