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



What started out as a rallying cry to help a sick friend in need turned into a post-mortem tribute album conceived by old friend Dave Alvin, and Dave Gonzalez, Gaffney's co-founding partner in the Hacienda Brothers. Gaffney succumbed to liver cancer during the making of the album. The band seamlessly blended country-western and R&B, appropriately dubbed Western soul, and this album brings a near-perfect mix of blue-eyed soulsters and roots-rockers to recall that sound. Los Lobos' take on the title track features a wistful waltz and David Hidalgo's own brand of melancholy. Boz Skagg's "Midnight Dream" captures Gaffney's fondness for the Hi Records sound of Memphis with its reliable tapping of the trap and the Hammond B-3 organ. The album also shows off the Yep Roc lineup, including Big Sandy and Los Straitjackets on the rambling "Silent Partner." 3 out of 5 stars

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