Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best Karaoke Night

Best Karaoke Night

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Everything but the Bowie in \'David Bowie Is\'

Everything but the Bowie in 'David Bowie Is'

Screens: People love David Bowie more than you are capable of loving your family. But that’s OK—people love Bowie to an extent that your family would quite frankly... By Jeremy Martin 9/17/2014

Best Spa

Best of 2013: 4/24/2013

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email


Hacienda on Their New Line-up and Rare 502 Gig

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Still smiling: The Villanueva brothers take Hacienda’s lineup change in stride

When classically trained brothers Rene (violin), Jaime (guitar) and Abe Villanueva (piano) moved to Boerne, their high school had no orchestra—so they turned to rock, with Rene switching to guitar, and Jaime to drums. No singing experience? No problem.

“It was all practice, practice, practice,” Rene told the Current at the band’s rehearsal space, an actual hacienda in the middle of nowhere (Boerne, technically). Now their two- and three-part harmonies are one of Hacienda’s most highly praised features, a testament to their devotion to the Beatles, Beach Boys, doo wop and ’60s vocal groups.

When cousin Dante Schwebel left the band after three albums, instead of freaking out, the brothers decided to change their sound and become a guitar-less trio. That philosophy of making lemonade out of life’s lemons has suited the band well so far. Shakedown (2012), their third album (again produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), took them all the way to a live appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and solidified their status as one of the top—and busiest—San Antonio bands.

“We can’t complain,” said Rene. “Everything’s has been going awesome for us.”

Yet, the band is practically starting all over again.

On his website, Schwebel—who moved to Nashville and at press time hadn’t replied to an email from the Current—wrote he’s been working on an album with Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket), Adrián Quesada (Grupo Fantasma) and Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs), “by far the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on,” but also had nice things to say about his cousins and the last album they all made together.

“I was very proud of [Shakedown],” Schwebel wrote. “It was the first time I felt that we reached our potential. ‘Pilot in the Sky’ is killer. I love ‘You Just Don’t Know’ and ‘Veronica.’ ‘Let Me Go’ is rockin’!”

When I ask Rene about Schwebel’s departure, for the first time in the interview his ever-present smile disappears.

“We saw it coming,” he said. “[Dante] started wanting to do different things and exploring new avenues, he felt he needed to do that. So we talked about it and decided he’d be happier doing his own thing and we’d be happier continuing on [without him]. This was the best avenue for all parties involved.

It was definitely a mutual decision.”

But how important was he? Who is going to replace him?

“Every person that’s around the making of an album is important,” said Rene. “He wrote a lot of parts, songs, arrangements, words for us, but we’re talented enough that, if something’s lacking, one of us can pick up the slack and toss it around and find new ways to approach things. We all can play guitar and we all can write songs and chords. It’ll be different ’cause [Dante is] not here, but I don’t think we’ll be missing or lacking anything.”

Recently in Music
  • The Permanent Gangsta Status of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Prodigy, better known to ’90s rap aficionados as the prodigious half of Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, has made a successful career operating on... | 9/17/2014
  • Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... | 9/17/2014
  • Loudon Wainwright Hasn’t Got the Blues (Yet) Emerging with his eponymous debut in 1970, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III found himself lumped along with fellow post-Dylan folk-revivalists Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Randy Newman. But where those contemporaries relied on abstract imagery or p | 9/17/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus