Song Review:

My Adobe Hacienda

Overall Impression:

Stopping a moment to smell the flowers, Nolan Bruce Allen and his talented compatriots deliver the soothing and sentimental Western Swing ballad, My Adobe Hacienda. Maintaining the iconic structures and instrumentations of the Western Swing style, My Adobe Hacienda slows it all down and leans into the richness of the format, allowing Nolan Bruce Allen and the gang to let their skills really shine through each and every passing moment!

Strongest Point(s):

Incredible vocal work, both from the initial singers and NBA himself! The lyrics are clearly discernable and each vocalist bears a richness of tone and ease of execution that practically sail over the top of the instrumentals. This deeply relaxed tempo gives each passing chord a lingering presence and allows the listener to really bask in the fullness of every new moment, both in terms of vocal work and instrumental delivery. Wonderful playing from each band member, and a consistency in quality that grants the entire song a certain well-polished sheen. Very well done!

Target Audience Appeal:

Nolan Bruce Allen may very well be the living King of Western Swing, as the careful composition and clever execution of My Adobe Hacienda showcases the full scope of his artistic prowess! Downtempo, but guaranteed to lift the spirits of all who listen in, My Adobe Hacienda delivers a dose of sweet sentimental bliss regardless of what's got you down! - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang, Novi Novog, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Carolina Cotton Pickers, Kings of Western Swing, Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys, Washboard Wonders, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

About the Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.


Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength