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Published on Oct 28, 2008
In the early part of 2003, singer Johnny Paycheck was very sick, and struggling to pay bills, so Owen Bly, manager of the band Red Meat decided to organize a little fundraiser in San Francisco as a way of honoring this great musician. A lot of musicians agreed to be part of this event. Right as the fundraiser was coming together, Johnny Paycheck died, so the event was transformed into a tribute to honor his legacy. On the day of the show at the Elbo Room, March 19, 2003, by some coincidence, the invasion of Iraq began, and the streets of San Francisco were filled with people protesting the war.
This is the big finale of the show -a performance of the Paycheck song "The Only Hell My Mama Raised" by Dave Alvin with Chris Gaffney & Red Meat.
Chris Gaffney, one of the performers in this video, passed away from on April 17, 2008. He had liver cancer, and there were some ongoing fundraising efforts to help him with his medical bills.
When this video was posted, you could have visited the HelpGaff.com website, and donated to help Chris Gaffney's family with the medical bills, but that website no longer exists...
The video was produced by Eric Predoehl and Jesse Block of Octalouie.com and LouieLouie.net, with camera assist by Laurel Rudy. We're sharing this video free of charge to pay tribute to some great musicians. We'll probably be posting more clips from this event, as there were some great performances. We had some problems shooting video that night, as one of the cameras got broken, but we've able to be assemble some decent footage in spite of it all.