Declare Thurs., 2/14/2013 as "Bob 'Slim' Dunlap Day" in Minneapolis, MN
"Bob 'Slim' Dunlap (born August 14, 1951) is an American rock musician. He is a Minnesota-based guitarist and singer-songwriter who is best known for replacing The Replacements's original lead guitarist, Bob Stinson in 1987. Dunlap also recorded two solo albums in the mid-1990s. Dunlap was influenced by Hank Williams and Keith Richards, and has been called "one of the last old-school cool guitar players". Ralph Heibutzki at Allmusic said that he "epitomizes the journeyman musician who plays for the fun of it, when his day gig allows".
"On February 19th, 2012 former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a massive right brain stroke, exacerbated by a fall which caused a hemorrhage in the left brain and was further complicated by extensive brain swelling. He was hospitalized for nine months and his recovery has been slow – hindered by pain, paralysis of the left side and the inability to swallow. He is currently at home being cared for by his family and a team of aides, nurses and therapists.
His sharp intellect, wit and photographic memory are all, thankfully, intact.
Insurance does not pay for long term care and the general prognosis for Slim is that he will likely need around-the-clock care for the rest of his life. He needs our help.
'Songs For Slim' was devised to raise money for Slim and his family by having various artists cover his songs, pressing them as a limited edition series of split 7” vinyl 45s in beautiful, numbered picture sleeves and putting them up for auction.
Commencing with the special edition Songs For Slim 10" vinyl EP by The Replacements, the series will include other friends and fans of Slim including:
Frank Black + The Suicide Commandos
Craig Finn from The Hold Steady
Tim O'Reagan & Jim Boquist
The Minus 5 (Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Nate Query & John Moen) featuring Curtiss A
The Young Fresh Fellows
You Am I
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
- and more to be announced!
"Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and a bunch more have signed on for future recordings. Though the Replacements disbanded more than two decades ago, the love is still there.
His fellow musicians have stepped up to help, and fans are responding. First off, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have reunited as The Replacements, covering four songs ranging from a Dunlap original to Hank Williams. Drummer Chris Mars did a separate track. All five songs have been pressed onto 180-gram, 10-inch vinyl CDs, strictly limited to 250 numbered, autographed copies. And "Songs for Slim" was born.
Bidding on the coveted #1 pressing is at $10,000. Bidding on the other copies are well into the hundreds of dollars. Bids for landmark numbers -- #10, #100, etc - are especially high. Each disc will be up for precisely 10 days, so watch for bidding to go nuts as it wraps up. Every penny will go to Dunlap's medical care. Even more money will be raised at a later date when the songs are made available for download, which should bring in far more fans for whom $500 to $10,000 for a piece of vinyl is just not feasible."
A new, limited edition 10" 45 RPM vinyl disc will be released on the 15th of each month for the foreseeable future, all proceeds will go to assist Slim and his family with mounting costs.
As Thursday, February 14th marks the eve of the second release in the "Songs For Slim" series, with consideration to the influence and talent that Slim has brought to nearly four decades of musicians and artist (locally, nationally, and internationally) - and because both Slim and his adoring wife, Chrissie have been contributing to the Minneapolis cultural scene for decades, it is with these sentiments that we Respectfully petition The Honorable R.T. Ryback to declare Thursday, February 14, 2013 as "Bob 'Slim' Dunlap Day in Minneapolis, MN".