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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 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.

CD reviews for Lucero

All a Man Should Do CD review - All a Man Should Do
You'd think Lucero would be bigger than they are now. After all, with a dozen albums to their credit and 15 years of roadwork behind them, they've certainly paid their dues any way you look at it. It's been nearly 10 years since their story was spotlighted in the documentary "Dreaming in America," a film that provided an unblemished look at what life is like for a hard working band whose only reward is the joy of playing before appreciative fans, and yet wider recognition »»»
1372 Overton Park CD review - 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 – 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: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate – While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
Concert Review: Simpson rides the night out in style – Sturgill Simpson came to Beantown with a deserved music reputation after three albums and a well-received, albeit quite adventurous release earlier this year, "A Sailor's Guide to Earth." He doesn't have hits per se or much of a commercial presence. His rep has been built on quality. While the Kentuckian's first two discs... »»»
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