The Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Chris Gaffney was once described as "a quintessential Southern California bar musician," and while he was also a great deal more than that -- a superb songwriter and a recording artist who made fine records on his own, as a sideman and as part of the combo the Hacienda Brothers -- the mix of country, R&B and norteño influences that defined his music was a clear reflection of the working class California environment where he grew up. Gaffney was highly regarded by his fellow songwriters and musicians, even though he never enjoyed the commercial or critical breakthrough that would open him up to the larger audience he deserved before liver cancer took his life in 2008 at ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Chris Gaffney was once described as "a quintessential Southern California bar musician," and while he was also a great deal more than that -- a superb songwriter and a recording artist who made fine records on his own, as a sideman and as part of the combo the Hacienda Brothers -- the mix of country, R&B and norteño influences that defined his music was a clear reflection of the working class California environment where he grew up. Gaffney was highly regarded by his fellow songwriters and musicians, even though he never enjoyed the commercial or critical breakthrough that would open him up to the larger audience he deserved before liver cancer took his life in 2008 at the age of 57, and his friend and frequent collaborator Dave Alvin has produced a moving and well-crafted tribute to the man and his music, The Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney. The 18 songs here capture the flinty honesty and hard-won compassion that was a major part of Gaffney's best work, and Alvin proves to be a fine casting agent, fitting each song to the artist with unerring skill. Calexico find a weathered beauty in the liquor-soaked lovers of "Frank's Tavern," Los Lobos bring a gentle sadness to the long-gone romance of "The Man of Somebody's Dreams," Robbie Fulks delivers a solid honky tonk swing on "King of the Blues" (and Peter Case does the same for "Six Nights a Week"), Alejandro Escovedo brings the tragic pathos of "1968" to vivid life, John Doe captures the titular emotions of "Quiet Desperation" with a perfect touch, and legendary songwriter Dan Penn knows just how to handle the work of another great tunesmith on "I'm So Proud." The late Freddy Fender's aching and evocative rendition of "The Gardens" from the Texas Tornados' 4 Aces is a welcome addition to this set, and while Boz Scaggs hardly seems like someone you'd expect to see in this company, he brings a slinky and sensuous R&B groove to "Midnight Dream" that shows Gaffney was more than just another guy on the L.A. roots music scene. Closing with one of Gaffney's final recordings -- an unreleased tune called "Guitars of My Dead Friends" -- the effect of The Man of Somebody's Dreams sometimes feels like a wake as much as a celebration, but this music honors a man who deserved a better hand than he was dealt, and one listen to these songs will prove that's a fact to anyone with ears.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457219823
  • Catalog Number: 2198
  • Sales rank: 5,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lift Your Leg - Joe Ely (3:00)
  2. 2 Midnight Dream - Boz Scaggs (4:13)
  3. 3 Man of Somebody's Dreams - Los Lobos (3:58)
  4. 4 Artesia - Dave Alvin (5:13)
  5. 5 Six Nights a Week - Peter Case (3:27)
  6. 6 If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy - Tom Russell (2:48)
  7. 7 Frank's Tavern - Calexico (4:28)
  8. 8 Fight (Tonight's the Night) - James McMurtry (3:14)
  9. 9 The Gardens - Freddy Fender (3:15)
  10. 10 Glass House - Ollabelle (4:26)
  11. 11 Get off My Back Lucy - The Iguanas (3:10)
  12. 12 1968 - Alejandro Escovedo (5:09)
  13. 13 King of the Blues - Robbie Fulks (3:52)
  14. 14 Quiet Desperation - John Doe (3:29)
  15. 15 Tired of Being Me - Dave Gonzales (4:28)
  16. 16 Silent Partner - Los Straitjackets (2:36)
  17. 17 I'm So Proud - Dan Penn (3:05)
  18. 18 The Guitars of My Dead Friends - Chris Gaffney (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Gaffney Vocals
Jim Lauderdale Vocals
Tom Russell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Peter Case Vocals
Ry Cooder Slide Guitar
Joe Ely Vocals
James McMurtry Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Doug Sahm Guitar, Vocals
Boz Scaggs Guitar, Vocals
Ponty Bone Accordion
Augie Meyers Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Kirchen Guitar
Dale Daniel Drums
Dan Penn Vocals
Jack Barber Bass
John Bazz Bass
Steve Berlin Keyboards
Stephen Bruton Guitar, Mandolin
Joey Burns Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Vibes, Pump Organ, Upright Bass
Joe Cabral Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Alejandro Escovedo Vocals
Freddy Fender Vocals
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Dave Gonzales Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Mark Hallman Vocal Harmony
Don Heffington Percussion, Drums
David Hidalgo Guitar, Vocals, Jarana
Rod Hodges Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chris Lawrence Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Conrad Lozano Bass
Michael Henry Martin Mandolin
Danny Ott Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Wyman Reese Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ted Roddy Harmonica
Cesar Rosas Guitar, Jarana
Barry Walsh Accordion
Teddy Morgan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Danny Amis Rhythm Guitar
Peter Curry Bass
Doug Garrison Drums
Eddie Angel Guitar
Hector Muñoz Drums
John Convertino Drums
Dave Biller Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Mugalian Percussion, Drums
Dave Scott Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rick Shea Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Robbie Fulks Vocals
Louie Pérez Background Vocals
Craig Schumacher Tambourine, Shaker
Max Baca Bajo Sexto
Jon Graboff Steel Guitar
Glenn Patscha Piano, Background Vocals
Nick Luca Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (Baritone)
Eric Crystal Saxophone
Cougar Estrada Drums
David P. Jackson Bass, Accordion
Byron Isaacs Bass, Background Vocals
Josh Gravelin Bass
Tony Leone Mandolin, Drums
Fiona McBain Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet
Steve Grams Bass
Warren Hood Violin
Damien Llanes Drums
Tim Holt Electric Guitar
Brenden Kearney Organ
Richard Medek Drums
Jason Smay Drums
Robert Williams "Big Sandy" Vocals
Kevin C. Smith Bass
Barry "Frosty" Smith Drums
Jim Pugh Organ
Technical Credits
Chris Gaffney Composer
Tom Russell Producer
Dave Alvin Composer
Dan Penn Producer
Michael Berberet Composer
Rene Coman Producer
James Luther Dickinson Producer
Alejandro Escovedo Producer
Greg Gaffney Composer
Dave Gonzales Composer, Producer
Mark Hallman Engineer
Chet Himes Engineer
Mark Linett Mastering
Wyman Reese Composer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Teddy Morgan Composer
Peter Curry Engineer
Beth Herzhaft Cover Photo
Chris Schultz Engineer
Bill Cashman Engineer
Ben Mumphrey Engineer
Jeb Bley Schoonover Composer
Michael Berberet Composer
Jeb Schoonover Composer
Greg Gaffney Composer
Stanley Wykoff Composer
Mark Johnson Engineer
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