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Patterson Hood contributes track to latest Slim Dunlap benefit single

Patterson Hood and The Young Fresh Fellows are the latest artists to contribute to the ongoing Songs For Slim 7" series, created to benefit former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who is recovering from a stroke. The 7" features "Hate This Town" by Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers (Drive-By Truckers band mates Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez, Jacob Morris on cello and long-time DBT producer/partner in crime David Barbe on bass), and "Loud Loud Loud Loud Guitars" by the Young Fresh Fellows.

Chicago blues guitarist Magic Slim dies aged 75

Magic Slim, the Chicago blues guitarist, has died aged 75. A heavy smoker who suffered from emphysema and heart problems, Slim was forced by illness to cut short a tour with his band, the Teardrops, in late January, reports Reuters. Born Morris Holt to Mississippi sharecroppers in August 1937, Slim started out playing the piano. But after losing a little finger in a cotton gin accident at 14, he switched to guitar. On his first trip to Chicago to play for friend and mentor Magic Sam, Sam nicknamed his friend Slim on account of his physique.

The Replacements’ ‘Songs For Slim’ EP gets commercial release

Songs For Slim, the first new recording from The Replacements in more than 20 years, will be publicly available for digital download on March 5 and 12” on April 16, according to A limited, autographed pressing of 250 copies of Songs For Slim was auctioned via eBay earlier this year, reportedly bringing in over $100,000. The five-song benefit EP will help pay for the long term medical care of ex-Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a major stroke in February.

September 2013

ARE WE ROLLING? I was sorry to read in last month's Uncut that old-school country star Slim Whitman had died, news that had otherwise passed me by. Slim was a great favourite in our house when I was growing up, my father much enamoured of "Rose Marie", which Slim had taken to No 1 on the pop charts, where it stayed for 11 weeks in 1955.

The Replacements announce first live dates in 22 years

The Replacements have announced three shows - their first dates in 22 years. The band have confirmed headlining slots at three Riot Fests in Toronto (August 24 - 25), Chicago (September 13 - 15), and Denver (September 21 - 22). Last year, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunited to record a four-song EP, Songs For Slim, to raise money for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke.

The Replacements are back! Uncut rejoices!

The world and nearly everyone in it has been reduced to trembling excitement by the return of David Bowie, but for some of us there is another recent resurrection perhaps even more miraculous and just as unexpected, a comeback by The Replacements, who today release online the Songs For Slim EP, their first new recordings in more than 20 years.

Daft Punk unveil new blues mix – listen

Daft Punk have released new mix – and it's all blues. The 15-minute mix samples music by American bluesman Junior Kimbrough, including "I Gotta Try You Girl". It was created for designer Hedi Slimane's Yves Saint Laurent show at last week's Paris Fashion Week. Scroll down to listen to the track, titled "Junior Kimbrough Edited by Daft Punk".

The Replacements reunite for covers EP

The Replacements' Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have reunited to record a four-song EP to help pay guitarist Slim Dunlap's medical bills. The singer and bassist of the US punk band spent a day in a Minneapolis studio late last month to cut four cover songs that will be released as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl, reports Rolling Stone. 250 copies of the EP will be auctioned online and the proceeds will be donated to Slim Dunlap, The Replacements' guitarist from 1987 to 1991, who had a severe stroke in February this year.

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