Hacienda Brothers

Hacienda Brothers


The Hacienda Brothers perform a unique blend of music known as western soul. A combination of 60's Bakersfield Honkytonk and Muscle Shoals Soul. They are a dynamic and electrifying group that form one of the most exciting new sounds in the world of Americana today.


What started in 2005, with the creation of the Hacienda Brothers self-titled debut, was a glimpse into a mixture of styles penned as “Western Soul.” Their sophomore release in 2006 – What’s Wrong With Right on Proper Records – perfected this burgeoning genre. Both albums produced by the respected writer/producer Dan Penn, highlighting the band’s penchant for writing songs that sound like they could be classics and covering songs that they truly make their own. Timeless sound and production were the barometers that guided the band through these sessions, with the intent that these recordings indeed stand the test of time.

On top of those two critically acclaimed records, what has set the Hacienda Brothers apart from their peers is their “no holds barred” approach to performing. As a guitar axe-wielding front man, who calls the steel guitar the sweetest sounding instrument ever made, Dave Gonzalez enlisted an unknown prodigy out of San Diego – David Berzansky – to play with the HBs. Immediately there were sparks flying between these two band-mates. Their intensity and level of skill is what has attracted the legions of admirers to their live shows. Throw into the mix vocalist Chris Gaffney, whom the Austin American-Statesman called “one of the finest singers on the planet,” and a red-hot rhythm section and you’ve got a band to reckon with.

Last fall the Hacienda Brothers released a special limited-edition live CD, Music For Ranch & Town, to commemorate their nomination for the 2007 AMA Award “Best Duo/Group of the Year.” The past year has indeed been eventful for the Hacienda Brothers, including an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” a live appearance on “Mountain Stage,” R&R’s Americana Chart’s top 100 records of 2006 and No Depression’s Top 60 records of 2006. Dave Gonzalez of the Hacienda Brothers was also included in Guitar Player magazine’s “101 Forgotten Greats and Unsung Guitar Heroes.” During this time they have made separate trips to Spain, Northern Europe and Australia while also heavily touring the US. Last March they barnstormed their way through the inimitable SXSW music conference, moving writer/DJ Chris Morris, in an impromptu introduction of the band, to proclaim: “The Hacienda Brothers are one of the top five bands in America today.”


2005 Hacienda Brothers debut release on Koch Nashville
2006 What's Wrong With Right on Proper Records
2007 Music for Ranch & Town: Hacienda Brothers Live

Set List

They play original music with some obscure covers mixed in. Honkytonk, soul and American roots music.