Tributes: Doug Sahm and Chris Gaffney
Tribute albums can be flimsy excuses to string together recordings by a hodgepodge of musicians. But in the right hands, they can be genuinely illuminating efforts, especially in the case of honorees who deserve broader recognition. Fortunately, two new collections paying posthumous props to Tex-Mex singer, songwriter and bandleader Doug Sahm and his spiritual brother, Southern California roots musician Chris Gaffney, fall squarely into the second camp.
The connection between the albums runs deeper than shared appearances by Los Lobos, Dave Alvin and Alejandro Escovedo, or even the presence of Sahm on the Gaffney album by way of his Texas Tornados' recording of Gaffney's haunting "The Gardens."
-- Randy Lewis
"Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm"
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"Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney"
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(Photo: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Dough Sahm. Credit: Vanguard Records)