Last year, Replacements member Slim Dunlap suffered a stroke. To raise funds for Dunlap, his friends and bandmates have been releasing music all year through the Songs For Slim campaign; Craig Finn, Deer Tick, and Jakob Dylan have already contributed. Now, Jeff Tweedy has joined the campaign as well, releasing a limited edition 7″ containing a cover of Dunlap’s “Ballad Of The Opening Band” as well as Lucero’s cover of “From The Git Go.”
“Tweedy has a special connection to Slim that is especially appropriate for this song, dating way back to a long forgotten 1991 tour when Tweedy’s former band, Uncle Tupelo, opened for the Replacements on a few east coast dates,” read a press release. “Years later, Tweedy famously quipped, ’Everything we do is based on the Replacements’ right before a cover of ’Color Me Impressed’ during a legendary 1997 Wilco live show in San Francisco.” The 7″s will be auctioned off via SongsForSlim.com until September 22nd. A compilation album of all Songs For Slim tracks is in the works.
Check out a snippet of Tweedy’s cover below.