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Hacienda Brothers

Remember the Osmonds? Marie was "a little bit country," and Donny was "a little bit rock 'n' roll," and they were both quite a bit cheesy. Thankfully, another duo made the country/rock hybrid cool again this past year, when Jack White teamed up with Loretta Lynn. Hot on her honky-tonk heels are the Hacienda Brothers, whose self-titled album has more cross-country appeal than Shania Twain, but without any pop pretentiousness. The Tucson natives combine the sounds of classic country with early soul, and the end result is a slice of earnest Americana, topped with a winsome Western soul flavor. The "brothers" -- six-string slinger Dave "DG" Gonzalez and singer Chris "Gaff" Gaffney -- worked with songwriter/producer Dan Penn (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin) on the record, spawning 14 eclectic tracks, ranging from rockabilly instrumentals like "Railed" to the saxed-up soul of "Looking for Loneliness." It's a little bit of twang, a little bit of bang, and it's all good.
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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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