Tweedy, Lucero contribute to Dunlap fundraiser
Friday, September 13, 2013
– Jeff Tweedy and Lucero contributed the final two tracks for the last 7-inch in the Songs for Slim series, a non-profit project created to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who is still recovering from a massive stroke he suffered last year.
To bookend the auction series, the single will be limited to 250 copies, just like the Replacements EP that got the ball rolling back in January. Like all Songs For Slim releases, this 7-inch will be beautifully packaged, hand numbered, signed by the artists and features original artwork from founding Replacements drummer Chris Mars on the picture sleeve. The auction launches Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. eastern via SongsForSlim.com and will run until Sept. 22.
For the finale of this nine-month long series, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy, his son Spencer Tweedy and a few friends offer up a version of Ballad Of The Opening Band, Dunlap's paean to opening acts. Recorded in Wilco's Chicago studio, Tweedy has a special connection to Dunlap appropriate for this song. In 1991, Tweedy's former band, Uncle Tupelo, opened for The Replacements on a few east coast dates.
On the flip side of the 7-inch, soulful Tennessee rockers Lucero covers Dunlap's uptempo rocker, From the Git Go. Recorded in Memphis and produced by Chris Scott, Lucero was assisted by local horn vets Jim Spake and Scott Thompson
Last month's auction of the Patterson Hood/ The Young Fresh Fellows single was another rousing success. Almost 350 bidders raised $7,185 for Dunlap and his family.
A CD compilation of all the various Songs For Slim releases (plus exciting bonus tracks) is nearing completion. More details will be announced soon.
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All a Man Should Do
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1372 Overton Park
If charcoal could sing, it'd sound like vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Ben Nichols of Lucero: driven by a steady heat that can flare up when needed, and raw-throated from the smoke. It's a voice that fits the Memphis quartet's sound, which places them on the roughed- and rocked-up outer fringes of alt.-country's back forty alongside the likes of fellow rule-breakers Two Cow Garage and the periodically resurrected Slobberbone.
And it fits Nichols' stories, which tend to »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Lots to like about McKenna (when you could hear her)
Lori McKenna had lots of reasons to be in a good mood. First off, the opening band, a pop act called teenender included two of her sons. In two days, her 11th disc, "The Tree" would be released to glowing reviews.
So it would seem that this homecoming show was the ideal setting with all five kids, her husband, siblings, cousins, people who... »»»
Concert Review: With Sugarland, the wait was worth it
A few songs into Sugarland's show, Kristian Bush referenced the band's five-year gap between tours saying, "A lot of people think Jennifer and I have been on a five-year vacation. Actually, we've been very busy."
Clearly a lot of that time was spent in rehearsal. The duo put on a two-hour high energy gem that started out big... »»»
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