Dave Gonzalez, former guitarist for The Paladins and the Hacienda Brothers, is the lead guitarist for the Stone River Boys, a country-soul band from Austin that will be performing at The Hut on Saturday, June 4. Guitar Player magazine included Gonzalez on their list of 101 Forgotten Greats and Unsung Heroes. The Paladins will reunite for a show on June 10 at the Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, Calif.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
The Righteous Brothers at East L.A. Junior College in '67.
What are you listening to these days?
The Box Tops, Al Green, Johnny Paycheck, Charlie Rich and Burt Bacharach.
What was the first album you owned?
Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bayou Country.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
(Almost) everything new.
What musical act, current or defunct,would you most like to see perform live?
A real soul-revue show, where, say, like Booker T and The MG's played, then backed all the top soul singers.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
"Guitar Man" by the '70s group Bread. David Gates' songwriting, production, arrangement and just how he got all that on tape and mixed it—hard to beat.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Dan Penn and Arthur Alexander. They both made it possible to meld R&B and country. Of course, also my mom was always playing Beatles records, my dad playing Buck Owens, and my grandmother playing me B.B. King.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I always tend to think of songs and singles more than LPs, but I can say that Ray Price's '63 Night Life is, to me, a perfect album (and song!). Willie's And Then I Wrote is also up on top, as is Waylon's '72 Good Hearted Woman, which I've had on 8-track forever. Sheeeeeesh. Johnny Paycheck at Carnegie Hall; the very first Fabulous Thunderbirds album, Girls Go Wild; the Hollywood Fats Band. ... Dang, that's a tough question.