After listening to Hacienda’s debut, Loud Is The Night, I was surprised to learn, as I did in an interview with album producer, Dan Auerbach, that the band had been unfamiliar with the late, great Doug Sahm’s times and music until turned on to him by the Black Keys singer-guitarist. So capably do their songs channel that British Invasion via soulful and psychedelic Tejano groove invented by the Sir Douglas Quintet that it’s easy to assume the Texas Tornado was not just an influence, but a starting point for the San Antonio band.
So now that the band is in the know, perhaps the title of Hacienda’s second album, Big Red & Barbacoa, with Auerbach back at the boards, is a slight tip of the bottle to Sahm, who posed for the cover of The Return of Doug Saldaña with a Big Red soda in hand. Certainly the music continues to do Sahm’s legacy proud as it channels Question Mark and Mysterians garage soul via Beach Boys inspired harmonies, all of it filtered through the lens of four guys from San Antonio who love to play that rock -n- roll music. With that attitude, in that environment, you’re pretty much guaranteed to sound a little like the Genuine Texas Groover–just ask the Tex-Mex Beatles, The Krayolas!
This is summer music–catch Hacienda’s summer tour!
June 17 | 20th Century | Cincinnati, OH
June 18 | Martyrs | Chicago, IL
June 19 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH
June 22 | Blue Gill Amphitheatre | Spanish Ft, AL
June 23 | Work-Play Theatre | Birmingham, AL
June 24 | Minglewood Hall | Memphis, TN
June 25 | Trouser Mouse | Blue Springs, MO
June 26 | The Bottleneck | Lawrence, KS
June 27 | Off Broadway | St. Louis, MO
June 28 | The Vouge | Indianapolis, IN
June 29 | Lincoln Hall | Chicago, IL
June 30 | Newport Music Hall | Columbus, OH
July 2 | Horseshoe Tavern | Toronto, Ontario, Canada