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Songs for Slim: Rockin' Here Tonight – A Benefit Compilation for Slim Dunlap

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Bob "Slim" Dunlap was a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis rock scene, playing with the band Spooks and backing local hero Curtiss A, before he was invited to join the Replacements in 1987 after the departure of Bob Stinson and began earning some well-deserved recognition outside his hometown. After the Replacements broke up, Dunlap cut a pair of terrific solo albums -- 1993's The Old New Me and 1996's Times Like This -- that didn't sell well but rank with the very best recorded work from a former member of the 'Mats, and revealed that Dunlap was a sharp, witty songwriter with a big heart and an eye for life's little details. In February 2012, Dunlap suffered a severe ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Bob "Slim" Dunlap was a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis rock scene, playing with the band Spooks and backing local hero Curtiss A, before he was invited to join the Replacements in 1987 after the departure of Bob Stinson and began earning some well-deserved recognition outside his hometown. After the Replacements broke up, Dunlap cut a pair of terrific solo albums -- 1993's The Old New Me and 1996's Times Like This -- that didn't sell well but rank with the very best recorded work from a former member of the 'Mats, and revealed that Dunlap was a sharp, witty songwriter with a big heart and an eye for life's little details. In February 2012, Dunlap suffered a severe stroke that has left him unable to play music and in need of constant medical care; a group of friends and admirers stepped up to release a series of limited-edition vinyl singles and EPs to raise money for Dunlap's expenses, and Songs for Slim: Rockin' Here Tonight features the cream of these benefit releases in digital format, along with a bonus disc of unreleased performances. Dunlap wrote 25 of the 28 tracks here, and one of the best things about this collection is that it gives his songs a richly deserved wider hearing than they received in the past; it's hard not to be impressed by Dunlap's way with a tune, his lyrics that offer a regular guy's take on the ups and downs of life and love, and his ability to sound clever and down to earth at the same time, and a few of these tunes could have improved the overall quality of the Replacements' Don't Tell a Soul or All Shook Down. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited as the 'Mats for the first Songs for Slim benefit EP, and their cover of "Busted Up" kicks off this sampler in sloppy but solid fashion, while former drummer Chris Mars contributes his one-man band version of "Radio Hook Word Hit" as well as an original tune about Dunlap, "When I Fall Down." Elsewhere, an impressive collection of roots rock heroes (Jeff Tweedy, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Patterson Hood) and Minneapolis legends (Curtiss A with the Young Fresh Fellows, the Suicide Commandos with Frank Black on vocals) takes on Dunlap's tunes and just about everyone on board hits a bull's-eye, finding the heart and the attitude that lurk in Slim's music. Rockin' Here Tonight will hopefully raise some much-needed cash for a journeyman musician in need, but just as importantly, these performances show that Dunlap was more than just another guy with a guitar -- he's a first-rate songwriter, and it's a pleasure to hear a handful of similarly gifted tunesmiths find so many worthwhile things in his work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2013
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396629527
  • Catalog Number: 6295
  • Sales rank: 35,228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Busted Up - The Replacements (3:26)
  2. 2 Radio Hook Word Hit - Chris Mars (2:56)
  3. 3 Times Like This - Steve Earle (3:33)
  4. 4 Isn't It? - Craig Finn & Friends (3:39)
  5. 5 Partners In Crime - Lucinda Williams (4:12)
  6. 6 Nowheres Near - Tommy Keane (4:14)
  7. 7 Rockin' Here Tonight - The Minus 5 (3:25)
  8. 8 Cozy - Jim Boquist (3:14)
  9. 9 Ain't No Fair (In a Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair) - Jakob Dylan (3:21)
  10. 10 Taken On the Chin - Joe Henry (5:17)
  11. 11 Just For the Hell of It - John Doe (2:47)
  12. 12 From the Git Go - Deer Tick (3:08)
  13. 13 The King & Queen - Frank Black (4:10)
  14. 14 Ain't Exactly Good - You Am I (2:46)
  15. 15 Hate This Town - Patterson Hood (4:00)
  16. 16 Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars - The Young Fresh Fellows (3:45)
  17. 17 Ballad of the Opening Band - Jeff Tweedy (4:25)
  18. 18 From the Git Go - Lucero (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Laugh It Up - Peter Holsapple (2:38)
  2. 2 Girlfiend - John Eller (2:56)
  3. 3 Little Shiva's Song - Soul Asylum (1:43)
  4. 4 Slim's Place - The Young Fresh Fellows (2:17)
  5. 5 Two By Two - Bee, Louie & Brien (3:16)
  6. 6 When I Fall Down - Chris Mars (3:34)
  7. 7 Chrome Lipstick - Chan Poling (3:58)
  8. 8 Times Like This - Frankie Lee (4:20)
  9. 9 Ballad of the Opening Band - LP.ORG (4:13)
  10. 10 Love Lost - Quail Club (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Lee Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
John Doe Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Earle Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Chris Mars Vocals, Musician
John Sebastian Harmonica
Lucinda Williams Vocals
Joe Henry Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Scott McCaughey Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Curtiss A Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Frank Black Vocals
Paul Westerberg Guitar, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Ed Ackerson Keyboards, Electric Piano
Steve Almaas Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
David Barbe Bass
Kurt Bloch Guitar, Vocals, Oud
Peter Buck Guitar
Jennifer Condos Bass
Jakob Dylan Vocals
Mark Greenberg Piano
Phil Hernandez Drums
Peter Holsapple Musician
Tad Hutchinson Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Tommy Keane Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Soloist
Gary Louris Guitar, Vocals
Val McCallum Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
John Moen Drums
Tim O'Reagan Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Osgood Guitar
Marc Perlman Bass
David Piltch Bass, Double Bass
Chan Poling Piano, Vocals
Jim Sangster Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Spake Saxophone
Tommy Stinson Bass, Background Vocals
Pete Thomas Drums
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Jeff Tweedy Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Patrick Warren Piano
Karen Grotberg Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jay Bellerose Drums
Andy Kent Bass
Noah Levy Percussion, Drums
Scott Lucas Guitar, Vocals
Tim Rogers Vocals
John Eller Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dave Boquist Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Kevin Bowe Guitar, Background Vocals
Rick Steff Keyboards
Dave Biljan Background Vocals
Jim Boquist Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Sprague Hollander Guitar
Jacques Wait Guitar
Chris Lynch Harmonica, Accordion, Background Vocals
Chris Maxwell Electric Guitar
Craig Finn Guitar, Vocals
Patterson Hood Guitar, Vocals
Nate Query Bass
Peter Anderson Drums
Brien Lilja Banjo
John C. Stubblefield Bass
Vanessa Carlton Vocals
Brad Morgan Drums
R. Walt Vincent Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Ben Nichols Guitar, Vocals
Rob Crowell Bass, Piano
Kraig Jarret Johnson Bass
Brian Venable Guitar
Ben Perlstein Bass Guitar
Jacob Morris Cello
Steve Price Bass, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Levon Henry Soprano Saxophone
Jay Gonzalez Piano
Dennis Ryan Drums
Keefus Ciancia Piano, Keyboards
Dustin Dobernig Keyboards
Davey Lane Guitar, Vocals
John J. McCauley III Guitar, Vocals
Emily Roberts Background Vocals
Chip Roberts Background Vocals
Spencer Tweedy Guitar, Drums
Louie Dunlap Guitar, Vocals
Jonny Phillip Drums
David Ahl Drums
Bee Dunlap Guitar, Vocals
Tony Lopez Guitar
Rusty Hopkinson Drums
Rory Barry Drums
Quinn Scharber Guitar
Technical Credits
Frankie Lee Producer
Chris Mars Composer, Producer, Engineer, Cover Art
Soul Asylum Producer
Joe Henry Producer
Scott McCaughey Producer, Engineer
James Burton Composer
Curtiss A Producer
Paul Westerberg Producer
Ed Ackerson Producer, Engineer
Steve Almaas Producer, Engineer
David Barbe Producer, Engineer
John Fields Producer
John Golden Mastering
Mark Greenberg Engineer
Peter Holsapple Engineer
Tad Hutchinson Composer
Peter Jesperson Liner Notes
Tommy Keane Producer, Engineer
Tim O'Reagan Producer
Chan Poling Producer
Tommy Stinson Producer, Vocal Engineer
You Am I Producer
Jim Boquist Producer
David J. Russ Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Carl Davino Vocal Engineer
Joe Crockett Engineer
Erik Koskinen Engineer
Adam Selzer Engineer
R. Walt Vincent Producer, Engineer
Michael Buchmiller Art Direction
George Fontaine Executive Producer
Ben Perlstein Producer
Michael Ruthig Executive Producer
Chris Scott Producer, Engineer
Adam Landry Engineer
David Lane Engineer
Steve Price Producer, Engineer
The Elegant Too Producer
Justin Collins Engineer
Robert Dunlap Composer
Bee, Louie & Brien Producer
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