Local Review of Chacho and Brance: The Como Sessions

One of the artists chosen by the upcoming Troubadour, TX docu-reality series on the CW network, Chacho and Brance is the type of act that's quickly changing its virtually unknown status. While this debut EP is not nearly as explosive as its live performances, it is good enough to show the pipes of Eagle Pass-raised Lorenzo "Chacho" Saldaña and the right hand and harmonies of San Antonian Brance Arnold. As is the case when they perform live, Brance's harmonies are unexplainably half-hearted, but their mix of blues, country blues, and soul folk have the strength you would expect from guys who vibrate equally with Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, or Frank Zappa. The album was recorded in Como, Miss., with the Squirrel Nut Zippers' James "Jimbo" Mathus (who also contributed with bass, vocals, piano, and percussion), and the duo already has a full-length debut ready to be released: Borderland Babylon. But don't wait for the big one; get this EP first. It is a partial yet impressive sample of a four-star duo, and a good introduction to one of San Antonio's most promising new acts.

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