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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: COW ISLAND
  • ASIN: B003CR9CL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Dave Gonzalez put together a band to support the release of the Hacienda Brothers' final recording, it was a tough job. Dave's musical partner and co-founder Chris Gaffney had recently passed and Dave wanted to get out there one last time to pay tribute to his close friend. When Dave turned to Mike Barfield to fill out a band made up of Austin s finest pickers, the Stone River Boys' seed had been sown. Love On The Dial , the debut release from the Stone River Boys, firmly establishes this band as is powerhouse in the roots music world. Dave and Mike are ably assisted by a cadre of talented musicians including Dave Biller, Scott Esbeck (Los Straitjackets), Hank Maninger (Hacienda Brothers) , Kevin Smith (Dwight Yoakam, High Noon), Fuzzy Blazek, Justin Jones and Damien Llanes. Produced by Dave Gonzalez, it's some of the funkiest country and countryest funk to come up the river in a good while! In addition to his work in the Hacienda Brothers, Dave Gonzalez was the driving force behind the San Diego-based Paladins for over 20 years. He s toured all over the US and Europe and is as roadworthy a player as you ll find. Mike Barfield previously led the Houston-based Hollisters and released two solo albums that earned him the title The Tyrant of Texas Funk. Love On The Dial achieves a cohesive mix of hard country and Texas funk which includes ten original compositions along with four choice covers. From the opening riff of Steve Bruton's Bluebonnet Blue to the final notes of Boomerang, this is one hard hitting debut. And don't miss out on the latest dance craze, it's called the Struggle!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Out of tragedy, new opportunities sometimes spring. With the passing of vocalist Chris Gaffney, the Hacienda Brothers were shuttered, and Gaffney's partner, Dave Gonzalez, was left to seek a new musical outlet. As a founding member of the California-based Paladins, Gonzalez had explored rockabilly and blues, and crafted a reputation as an ace electric guitarist. His work with Gafney on three Hacienda Brothers studio albums refined his playing with quieter country and southern soul flavors. His new partner, the Texas-based Mike Barfield, cut his teeth leading the Houston-based Hollisters, folding together country-rock hillbilly twang, tic-tac train rhythms, and deadpan baritone vocals that brought to mind Johnny Cash and John Doe. After two group albums, Barfield turned solo, issuing the superb Living Stereo in 2002.

Barfield's second solo album, The Tyrant, was heavier on the funk rhythms than his debut, and though elements of that remain in this new collaboration, its his background in southern soul, blues and swamp rock that makes him a natural fit with Gonzalez. This isn't Hacienda Brothers Mark II, as Barfield and Gaffney are very different singers and songwriters, but the songs, including a few well-selected covers, draw on similar sources. Barfield reprises his cover of Tyrone Davis' "Can I Change My Mind," which appeared on Living Stereo in more raw form. Here the earlier twin guitar leads are replaced by Dave Biller's pedal steel and James Sweeny's Hammond organ, and the entire track finds a deeper, smoother soul groove atop Scott Esbeck's bass line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rockabilly blues on July 2, 2010
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As all who are reading this likely already know, the Stone River Boys were birthed from the Hacienda brothers, with singer Mike Barfield sitting in for Chris Gaffney while the latter was terminally ill. After Chris died, Mike permanently took the helm, and with a few other personnel moves, the Stone River Boys were born. Given their origins, it is impossible to listen to "Love on the Dial" without making the comparison to the three Hacienda disks (all of which are great). To these ears, the new boys mine the same territory as the old brothers for most of the disk. The main difference is that when the new boys stray it is towards rather hard core R&B, whereas the old brothers tended to stray towards the soul end of things. The Stone River Boys also appear to tackle their R&B tunes in reverse, meaning they sound like they are adding a county influence to their favorite funk tunes, whereas the Hacienda Brothers sounded like they were adding some soul to their country sound. At this point in time I prefer the Hacienda brothers attack since since all their stylistic variations were of the same piece. Nearly everything had the "high lonesome, west coast country" sound. I don't get that from this disc. In fact, I have recently reverted to playing "Love on the Dial" sequenced without overtly funky tunes. Listened to that way, this new disk stands just as tall as the three Hacienda ones, which means its Great with a capitol "G". When played as designed, it seems much choppier, which is why I docked this one star. All that being said, I must make it clear that all this is fan nitpicking. This is a really solid disk by a band of real musicians playing serious, original, music for adults. Check them out!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Johnson on October 25, 2010
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One of the coolest records I've heard this year.....and the guy who gave them one star because he didn't like the blues is a moron, there isn't a blues tune on the record! It's all Honky Tonk and R+B. Love it
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It was for my husband and he only liked a couple of songs. I tried it and it was okay, but not something I would keep in my car.
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