God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung
Dreams unfulfilled, graduate unskilled
It beats pickin’ cotton and waitin’ to be forgotten
If that lyric sounds familiar and yet, you are the complete opposite of the character in this song then you might be able to do a wonderful thing for a member of the late, great Replacements.
Paul Westeberg, Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars have collaborated for the first time since 1990 to help out their longtime bandmate, Slim Dunlap.
Last February, Dunlap suffered a major right brain stroke and spent 9 month hospitalized. While he is home now, he needs constant care from his family and a team of health care professionals. As with a large majority of musicians, insurance will not pick up a majority of these costs.
Songs for Slim is a fund-raising project to help pay for Dunlap medical care. The Songs for Slim releases will start as limited edition 10” vinyl EPs
The 5-song EP (only 250 numbered EP have been made) feature Westerberg and Stinson covering Dunlap’s “Busted Up” as well as Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Saying,” the old Hank Williams hit “Lost Highway” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway musical Gypsy. The 5th tune has Chris Mars covering Dunlap’s “Radio Hook Word Hit.” Packaged with the EP (and only 250 numbered copies have been made) are such extras as Westerberg, Stinson and Mars’ autographs, photos, artwork and a digital download code.
Click on the cover to get to the eBay auction. The auctions close on Friday, January 25. and also click on the MusiCares photo to learn how to help musicians in need of medical insurance.