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ACL Artist Spotlight: Adrian Quesada of Spanish Gold

Nancy Flores
nflores@statesman.com

He’s played ACL four times, but Austin musician/producer Adrian Quesada of Spanish Gold had never played at one of the festival’s main stages–until now. “It feels like a notch up,” he says.

Spanish Gold, which features Quesada on guitar along with former Hacienda frontman Dante Schwebel and My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, performed Saturday afternoon on the same stage that Pearl Jam will perform tonight to wrap up the festival’s first weekend.

Since the release of Spanish Gold’s debut album “South of Nowhere” in the spring, Quesada says it’s been a whirlwind for the group who only had a “small window to push it” since all of them have other projects to work on in the fall.

“We had no big plans at first for where we wanted it to go,” Quesada says. The trio came together, bounced ideas around and drew from musical influences ranging from rock to hip-hop, which Quesada says is partly due to growing up in the MTV era and listening to music such as Bell Biv DeVoe. They figured “we’d put music out there and see if people cared.” They didn’t worry too much about whether the project would take off or not because, he says, they would still end up with an album they were proud of.

But the public’s warm reception means fans can expect new music and future albums. “It’s a good feeling that we’re not really a local band anywhere (Schwebel lives in Nashville, Hallahan in Louisville) but we feel the support in all three cities.”