Dave Alvin leads his Guilty Women on CD
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
– Dave Alvin will lead his new band The Guilty Women on their new self-titled album due out May 26 on Yep Roc Records. That's the same day the Alvin-curated tribute to late friend and band mate Chris Gaffney, "Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney" will be out.
After the death of his Guilty Men accordionist and best friend Chris Gaffney (The Guilty Men were Alvin's backing band), Alvin set out compiling a tribute to Gaffney.
According to Alvin's label, he "felt the wound was still too raw to record with the Guilty Men. "
The Guilty Women line-up of Cindy Cashdollar of Asleep at the Wheel, Nina Gerber, bluegrasser Laurie Lewis, Christy McWilson, Sarah Brown, Amy Farris and Lisa Pankratz debuted at the 2008 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. "It just felt so natural," said Alvin. "It was like I had been playing with them for a hundred years."
1. "Marie Marie" (Dave Alvin)
2. "California's Burning" (Dave Alvin)
3. "Downey Girl" (Dave Alvin)
4. "Weight of the World" (Christy McWilson)
5. "Anyway" (Dave Alvin/Amy Farris)
6. "Boss of the Blues" (Dave Alvin)
7. "Potter's Field" (Christy McWilson)
8. "River Under the Road" (Sarah Brown/Anna Egge/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
9. "These Times We're Living In" (Kate Wolf)
10. "Nana and Jimi" (Dave Alvin)
11. "Don't Make No Promises" (Tim Hardin)
12. "Que Sera, Sera" (Raymond Evans/Jay Livingston)
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