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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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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: AmericanaFest 2016: The Week In Review – Where to begin? The AmericanaFest can be described in many ways - entertaining, enlightening and - to be absolutely honest - exhausting. But mostly it's amazing. Six days of shows, showcases, discussions and seminars involving the brightest lights in Americana music, among them, both superstars (Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Rodney... »»»
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