“It was not difficult to get people to do it,” Alvin says. “The sad thing is we could have done a two-CD set.”

Because selling an album dedicated to an artist “99.9 percent of the people in the world have never heard of” necessitated using bigger names (“I would have got Barbra Streisand and the Jonas Brothers if I could,” Alvin says), many of Gaffney’s closest friends, such as Rosie Flores, Jann Browne and Patty Booker, are not on the CD. “We had to get people the record company would get excited about,” Alvin says apologetically.

But he makes no apologies for giving his friend his shot.

“This is now part of my business card, if I had one: ‘Singer, Songwriter, Guitar Player and Chris Gaffney Promoter.’ It has to be because the highlight was when the merch guy came up for a song.”

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women with Graceland Mafia and Fallen Stars at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano Rd., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; www.thecoachhouse.com. Sat., 8 p.m. $15.

mcoker@ocweekly.com

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