The third round of auctions for the Songs For Slim project is currently underway. This release is a 7″ 45 featuring Lucinda Williams covering Slim’s signature rocker “Partners in Crime.” Lucinda previewed her inspired and soulful take on this song live to a Minneapolis audience earlier this year, dazzling them in the process. Joe Henry once again mans the producer’s chair, guiding Lucinda and her band of studio heavyweights (David Piltch, Pete Thomas, Val McCallum, Greig Leisz and Patrick Warren) with the skill and élan he’s become known for in recent years. On the flip is Tommy Keene and R. Walt Vincent’s interpretation of “Nowheres Near,” Slim’s brutally honest, wistful ode to the quest for the elusive brass ring. This release will be limited to 100 numbered copies and, like all SFS releases, features original Chris Mars artwork and all copies will be signed by Lucinda and Tommy. This auction ends this Friday, March 22.
The Replacements Songs For Slim EP (which has already brought in over $106K at auction) is currently available digitally on iTunes and Amazon and has been selling very well. It debuted in the Top 30 on the iTunes Top albums chart and reached as high as #17. It also has been receiving tons of great press, including reviews in Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/songs-for-slim-20130315?stop_mobi=yes), Uncut magazine(http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-replacements-are-back-uncut-rejoices) and People magazine. The commercial 12″ vinyl version will be available through retail outlets on April 16.
The second Songs For Slim release, the 7-inch 45 with Steve Earle and Craig Finn & Friends has been shipped to auction winners. It will be available digitally in early April.
Next month: an exciting, special Record Store Day release featuring Minnesota legend Curtiss A (aka the “Dean of Scream”) and The Minus 5 (featuring Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and John Moen & Nate Query from the Decemberists) working some transcontinental magic on “Rockin Here Tonight,” one of Slim’s greatest achievements in the studio, and local heroes Tim O’Reagan (Jayhawks) and Jim Boquist (Son Volt) (ably assisted by Paul Westerberg) shining their considerable talents on Slim’s magnificent composition, “Cozy,” a “shoulda been” hit if there ever was one. This special RSD release will be available via retail outlets rather than auction; regular monthly Song For Slim auctions will resume in May.
Don’t forget about the Songs For Slim online store: http://www.merchlackey.com/songsforslim/ which is now selling T-shirts, slip mats, bracelets and necklaces, with specially-priced bundles also available.
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