As you probably know by know, Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a serious stroke in 2012. Since then artists have been recording and releasing an EP and singles for the Songs For Slim campaign to raise money for Slim, who will likely need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life, according to the Songs For Slim website.
For the final single of the campaign, Jeff Tweedy recorded Slim’s “Ballad Of The Opening Band” at Wilco’s Chicago studio; it’s backed with Tennessee rock band Lucero’s version of “From the Git Go.” Cover art is by Replacements’ drummer Chris Mars.
Starting today (Sept. 15) and running through next Sunday (Sept. 22), 250 copies of the single are being auctioned here. For more into go to SongsForSlim.com. A CD of all the songs is being put together. Artists who have contributed recordings to the campaign, in addiction to Tweedy and Lucero, include Replacements’ members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, Frank Black, Jakob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Deer Tick, Patterson Hood, the Young Fresh Fellows, the Steve Earle and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn.
Here’s a sample of the song. It’s enough to know you need it!