Loser's Paradise

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All Music Guide - Jack Leaver
Although not quite the standout album that Mi Vida Loca is, Loser's Paradise is another consistent effort, serving up the same winning mix of country, roots rock, soul, and norteño. This time around, friend Dave Alvin handles the production, as well as providing some inspired six-string work, and contributes a couple of gems with the Cajun-flavored "East of Houston, West of Baton Rouge" and the honky tonkin' "Help You Dream." As with his other records, Gaffney's songwriting is superb, bringing hard-luck tales and characters to life with his weathered voice and keen roots sensibility. For instance, check out his George Jones-like ballad "Glasshouse," the melancholy "My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Leaver
Although not quite the standout album that Mi Vida Loca is, Loser's Paradise is another consistent effort, serving up the same winning mix of country, roots rock, soul, and norteño. This time around, friend Dave Alvin handles the production, as well as providing some inspired six-string work, and contributes a couple of gems with the Cajun-flavored "East of Houston, West of Baton Rouge" and the honky tonkin' "Help You Dream." As with his other records, Gaffney's songwriting is superb, bringing hard-luck tales and characters to life with his weathered voice and keen roots sensibility. For instance, check out his George Jones-like ballad "Glasshouse," the melancholy "My Baby's Got a Dead Man's Number," and the lovely norteño number "Azulito." His cover choices also rule: Lucinda Williams duets on a wonderful version of the Intruders' 1968 soul chestnut "Cowboys to Girls," and Gaffney thoughtfully rediscovers the Ed Bruce-penned, 1964 Charlie Louvin hit "See the Big Man Cry." Gaffney plays guitar, accordion, and piano, while enlisting instrumental backing from a standout band that includes longtime Rod Stewart sideman Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and pedal steel guitarist Scott Wells. And the vocal help reads like an alternative country who's who, featuring Rosie Flores, Jim Lauderdale, Dale Watson, and Tony Villanueva lead singer of the Derailers. A must-have for Gaffney fans, and a good introduction for new ones as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/1995
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928806244
  • Catalog Number: 8062

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Gaffney Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Vocals
Rosie Flores Vocals
Jim Lauderdale Vocals
Dave Alvin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lucinda Williams Vocals
Ponty Bone Accordion
Ian McLagan Hammond Organ
Sarah Brown Bass
Gene Elders Fiddle
Donald Lindley Percussion, Drums
Danny Ott Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Ted Roddy Harmonica
Bradley Jaye Williams Accordion
Dale Watson Vocals
Tony Villanueva Vocals
Scott Walls Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Dave Alvin Producer
James Tuttle Engineer
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