The Replacements are pulling for one of their own.
Dunlap, who replaced the band's original guitarist, the late Bob Stinson, in 1987, has been partially paralyzed since a massive right-brain stroke last February. "Insurance does not pay for long-term care, and the general prognosis for Dunlap is that he will likely need around-the- clock care for the rest of his life," according to a statement from New West Records.
The five-song covers EP includes Westerberg- sung versions of Dunlap's "Busted Up," Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin' " and Sondheim's "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Mars recorded a version of another Dunlap tune, "Radio Hook Word Hit."
The EP will be available digitally on March 5 and in 12-inch form from New West in April. "Songs for Slim" kicks off a series of 7-inch vinyl releases that will be auctioned -- as "Slim" was last month -- and sold to raise funds for the ailing guitarist. Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Jakob Dylan are to take part in those.