The latest video "Younger Days" from South Texas' HACIENDA was directed by Frank Weyos and the song is from their second album on Alive Records  "BIG RED & BARBACOA." Like its predecessor "Loud Is The Night," it was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Recorded on the tail-end of a year playing clubs and festivals across North America, Australia and Europe (opening for Dan Auerbach, Dr. Dog, Alberta Cross, Heartless Bastards and more recently Grace Potter & The Nocturnals), this new album brings heavier grooves and flavor to the '60s harmonies sound the band is known for. The result is a blend of Tex-Mex roots rock, retro-pop and R&B that can only be described as South Texas Soul. "BIG RED & BARBACOA" captures the attitude of a band ready to throw pretension to the roadside and play rock'n'roll the way it was intended.

“Combining Tex-Mex, straight up rock 'n' roll and Americana, Hacienda burst onto the indie-rock scene with Loud Is the Night in 2008. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced the band's debut effort, as well as its latest album. Demonstrating a stronger sense of the band's garage-rock style, Big Red & Barbacoa is a more evolved beast, showing off more of its Tex-Mex roots.” – NPR’s WORLD CAFÉ: NEXT

“From the get-go Hacienda’s Big Red & Barbacoa sets the table with a big slice of south Tejas soul—an album that would surely make fellow Texan Doug Sahm proud. Over the course of the past two albums the band have found a sweet spot, digging their heels into sixties and seventies rock and soul, without falling prey to the kinds of retro-pastiche traps often associated with such. Make no mistake–this is a band in the here and now.“ – AQUARIUM DRUNKARD

“Like the classic combo it’s named after, Hacienda’s latest album is a hunk of comfort food, golden-age rock ’n’ roll delivered with no irony and only minimal modern embellishment. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach takes production and engineering credit here, but he’s smart enough to keep any embellishments so low-key he seems like a nonentity, maintaining the illusion of a really excellent four-track recorded live in the studio. Skilled, studied rock revivalists like Hacienda make it increasingly harder to distinguish “old-fashioned” from “timeless,” but some things taste too good to tamper with.” —  SAN ANTONIO CURRENT

“Damn if these guys don’t have 1965-1970 down cold. Owing more to the Beach Boys and fake British Invader Doug Sahm than BBQ-infused honky tonk, and ably guided by producer/Black Key Dan Auerbach, Hacienda are capable of making the sunshine pour through your speakers with their warm vibe and glowing harmonies. It’s a dizzying, winning recipe that the Villanuevas have cooked up on Big Red and Barbacoa by a band that’s clearly in love with rock ‘n’ roll—no matter when it was released—and the sounds of summer.” - POPMATTERS

“The San Antonio family band's latest takes a hard turn toward the border with the proto-punk Chicano soul of opener "Who's Heart Are You Breaking," Tex-Mex waltz "Got to Get Back Home," and the fiery rockabilly of "Mama's Cookin." Recalling original Texas Tornado Doug Sahm, the quartet unlocks a groover's paradise, reiterated by the riptide instrumentals that close out each vinyl side.” –  AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“…. reels and rocks like a Cajun Little Richard negotiating an outtake from The Basement Tapes. Big Red and Barbacoa is elemental stuff — songs about good love, good love gone bad, good living, and hard times. It’s musical comfort food with more than a touch of spice.” – KANSAS CITY FREE PRESS

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