Jeff Tweedy fans should check out the new single recorded by Tweedy, his son Spencer, and some close friends from the Windy City to tribute Slim Dunlap of the Replacements who suffered a stroke last year. "Ballad of the Opening Band" was recorded at Wilco's studio in Chicago and features artwork but original Replacements drummer Chris Mars and is printed on limited edition white and wine red vinyl. An auction will be held for signed copies of the rare 45 with proceeds going towards Slim's recovery.
“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," noted the press release for the single. "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 B-side features Slim's "From the Git Go" by Lucero. Visit SongsForSlim
to place a bid on the limited single.
Tweedy is also a passionate guitar collector and is fond of vintage Epiphone Casino's, the 6 and 12-string Riviera, and its newest cousin, the Riviera Custom P93
Look for it on stage with Wilco and check out the official Riviera Custom P93 page on Epiphone.com.