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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper American
  • ASIN: B0018OAP0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Uncle Sam's Jail
4. Big Town City
5. Use To the Pain
6. Ordinary Fool
7. Light It Again Charlie
8. Soul Mountain
9. When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts
10. Look Into the Future
11. I Still Believe
12. Long Way To Town
13. Divorce or Destroy
14. Break Free

Editorial Reviews

Arizona Motel completes a trilogy of 'Country Soul' studio recordings that feature producer Dan Penn at the helm on several tracks. The Hacienda Brothers, led by cult heroes Chris Gaffney (R.I.P. 2008) and Dave Gonzalez, play their wood-smoked blend of stone country and old-school R&B. Dave Gonzalez of the Hacienda Brothers will be touring in the summer of 2008 to celebrate the life of his friend and musical partner Chris Gaffney which is difficult yet cathartic for Gonzalez. Yet there is no better way to honor the memory of Chris then to go out and play to the audience that loved him so. This will be a chance for all of Chris' friends and fans to gather and pay tribute to one of the greatest American music performers in the past 20 years. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to helpgaff.com to aid the family of Chris Gaffney.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Vocalist, songwriter and group co-founder Chris Gaffney's passing in April 2008 can't help but retint this third studio album as a memorial to the group's fallen leader. And while there are plenty of sad songs here, and some lyrics that eerily presage Gaffney's departure, the album is filled with life, particularly in Gaffney's singing. The group once again worked with Muscle Shoals songwriting and producing legend Dan Penn, but with his input limited to five tracks, there's a stronger honky-tonk vibe here than the country-soul heard on 2006's "What's Wrong With Right." The group's co-leader, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Dave Gonzalez, picks tasteful twangy leads, David Berzansky bends the strings of his pedal steel, and the band's rhythm section (Hank Maninger on bass and Dale Daniel on drums) count off two-steps, shuffles and Western swings with enthusiasm. On top of it all, Gaffney's rough-edged, occasionally wavery vocals are packed with emotion.

The album opens with Gaffney and Gonzalez trading the wistful verses of "A Lot of Days Are Gone," rummaging through the memories of a faded love and sounding like the early, haunted work of Merle Haggard as they pine. With Gaffney's passing, the line "Back when it was yesterday, the future seemed so far away, and there was always time, but now it's slipped away" throws a particularly dark shadow. Connie Smith's "I'll Come Running" is given a bouncy Bakersfield treatment, with Gonzalez chicken-picking alongside Berzansky's twangy steel and Gaffney warbling along to his own harmony vocals. The Bakersfield vibe, by way of The Derailers and Gosdin Brothers, pops up again in the goodbyes of "Big Town City," with more terrific picking by Gonzalez and Berzansky.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean O'Neill on June 25, 2008
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I first learned of the Hacienda Brothers from an NPR interview with Chris Gaffney replayed following his death. I was so immediately floored by the cover of Cowboys to Girls, a Philly sound song of the 60's done with beautiful pedal steel by Gonzalez and rich and true singing by Chris Gaffney that I immediately bought "What's Wrong With Right?" Its now got a permanent slot in my car cd player.

This new c.d., posthumously realeased after Gaffney's death starts off in a couple of startingly swinging songs, with Gonzalez's pedal steel in thrilling overdrive. The real "meat" of this one, though, starts in the middle and continues right on through to the truly wonderful final song, Break Free. That's where Chris Gaffney's voice takes center stage with this release, even more so than on the last one: so humble, rich, and true throughout.

If you like Americana, Western Swing, and Philadelphia Soul, then you're in for a treat with this rare blend by a talented group of musicians who clearly love what they're doing.

I hope, like Little Feat without Lowell George, they'll continue. But in the same way, they'll never be quite the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Grissom on June 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's really a shame Chris Gaffney died just when The Hacienda Brothers touring over the last few years was finally bringing them some overdue recognition. They were a band that won fans with every appearance...you went away knowing you had encountered the total real deal. Their blend of country, blues and soul, including the pedal steel, was unique, the only other band that tried such a mix being the Gram Parson's-era Flying Burrito Brothers many years ago (Dan Penn being a common denominator). Dave is touring behind this record but with a different group of players. Maybe it was too difficult for the other original guys, I don't know. Unfortunately, Chris' voice will be impossible to replace as the chemistry of the band was so centered around what Chris brought juxtaposed with Dave's bluesy style. Chris was so good on the George Jones-y country material. Anyway, RIP Chris. Buy the record and support the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2008
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I am certainly biased in my opinion of this album since I am a long time fan of both Chris Gaffney and David Gonzalez and huge supporter of the two previous Hacienda albums. I'll leave it to others to talk up their favorite songs from this album and just say that it is simply one of the best "country" albums by one of the tightest sounding bands making music these days. All of the members of this band play their parts to perfection, especially Dave's guitar parts, and Gaff's singing and playing were the glue. He will be greatly missed. Do yourself a favor and buy this album and if you have the chance to see the latest configuration of this group live, I would highly recommend it as they are guaranteed to satisfy.
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By Di Campli Sandra on August 30, 2008
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Although I prefer the two previous Hacienda's cd, this is another memorable recording featuring the soulful voice of the no more Gaffney, a huge loss for roots music lovers, plus the yummy guitar works of Gonzales. There isn't a bad song in the cd, with the same Hacienda trademark flavor of uptempo country in the Paycheck tradition, ballads and bluesy rhythms. Get it.
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