When the Hacienda Brothers released their 2005 self-titled debut, it wasn't much of a surprise they displayed a love of Western swing. After all, the album was the product of southern California songwriters Dave Gonzalez (formerly of the Paladins) and Chris Gaffney and was recorded in Tucson, Ariz. What caught fans and critics off-guard was a sound best described as Western soul.
On tracks like the weeping and leisurely paced "Lookin' for Loneliness" and "Walkin' on my Dreams," the Brothers mined the deep soul and rhythm and blues of the early 1960s with panache. (The record stood out from the play-by-numbers schemes of many alt-country outfits, whose main creativity rests in which mother-of-pearl shirt to wear.) The Brothers' love of classic rhythm and blues was bolstered further by the leadership of producer Dan Penn, co-writer of timeless songs such as "Dark End of the Street," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (made a hit by Aretha Franklin) and "Cry Like a Baby." Penn and the Haciendas have once again teamed up on their new CD What's Wrong with Right?, and the Haciendas (alas, without Penn in tow) debut a fresh batch of songs in Lafayette on Wednesday at Blue Moon Saloon.
Many will delight in the band's covers of Penn's "Cry Like a Baby" and "It Tears Me Up," but the originals stand out for their unique merge of styles. Tracks like the title cut perfectly capture the best of both elements ' weeping steel guitars evoke a smoky western saloon, and the masterfully written lyrics, co-authored by Penn and Gonzalez, are pure old-school Southern soul.
The Hacienda Brothers play the Blue Moon Saloon at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Lafayette's all-female Americana band The Figs open the show.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.