Chris Gaffney tribute coming in '09
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Chris Gaffney tribute coming in '09

Friday, December 12, 2008 – A tribute disc to the late Chris Gaffney will is slated to drop in late March on the Yep Roc label. Gaffney, who released solo albums and also was a sideman to Dave Alvin and member of the Hacienda Brothers, died April 17 at 57 of liver cancer.

"The Man of Somebody's Dreams: The Songs of Chris Gaffney" will be out March 31. Among those participating are Alvin, John Doe, Peter Case, Los Straitjackets, Los Lobos, The Iguanas and Olabelle.

Gaffney's solo discs included "Road to Indio" in 1986, a disc of '50s rock, soul and Bakersfield honky tonk sounds. "Chris Gaffney & the Cold Hard Facts" came out in 1990. His third solo effort, "Mi Vida Loca," was out in 1992 followed by "Loser's Paradise" in 2003. He later released music as part of the Hacienda Brothers.

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An audacious two-disc initial release from a new label, disc one of this set captures Chris Gaffney and band plying their trade and includes Gaffney gems spanning his three previous releases (highlighted by the utterly classic "King of the Blues") a lone unreleased number ("Fade to Grey") and a passel of covers meant to demonstrate the bar-band prowess of the Cold Hard Facts. To this end, there's versions of Cal Smith's first number one, "The Lord Knows I'm Drinkin'," Dean Martin's "Buona Sera" ...

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