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The Hacienda Brothers


“Leavin’ on my Mind” by the Hacienda Brothers from Music for Ranch and Town (self-released):

The Southwest music scene lost one of its greats when Chris Gaffney succumbed to liver cancer on April 17. The 57-year-old songwriter and accordionist paid his dues as a honky-tonk singer and a sideman for Dave Alvin before landing in the Hacienda Brothers with co-conspirator Dave Gonzalez. Annual visits to Davey's Uptown and Knuckleheads introduced Kansas City audiences to that band's masterful blend of Bakersfield country and vintage soul — a sound that could induce goose bumps with its romantic pedal-steel whooshes and Otis Redding moments. The remaining members of the Hacienda Brothers pay tribute to Gaffney tonight by performing selections from his final album, Arizona Motel.

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