One of the founding members of the Hacienda Brothers, Chris Gaffney passed away in 2008, and now he receives the tribute treatment via the stellar disc, The Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney.
There isn’t a weak tune in this excellent collection of prime Gaffney material. Starting with Joe Ely’s upbeat, dancing calypso Joe Ely on "Lift Your Leg," the project gets off to a fast start. The incomparable Boz Scaggs adds his smooth, soulful strut to "Midnight Dream," and Los Lobos donates an exquisite rendering of the title track that proves to be the highlight of the entire mix. Dave Alvin’s offhanded humor color’s "Artesia," and Tom Russell mines the emotionally grounded "If Daddy Don’t Sing Danny Boy" to powerful effect.
One of the best tributes to come along in some time, The Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney should have a place in anyone’s collection.
The Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney is out now on Yep Roc.