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Published: 2006/09/22


Its been a busy month for the members of the Slip . In addition to a run of shows with Dan Bern, Slip bassist Marc Friedman and drummer Andrew Barr recently recorded the song ‘There is No Good Reason’ with Natalie Merchant for a benefit album, Feels Like Home, and a documentary film, Give Us Your Poor, both of which are intended to raise awareness about homelessness in the United States. The rhythm section cut the song with engineer Matthew Ellard at Bostons Q Division Studios. Other artists contributing to the project include Bruce Springsteen, Jewel and Dan Zanes.

I was able to pick five other singers from the Boston area (Mighty Sam McClain, Cheryl Middleton, Weeping Willie Robinson and Julia Tripp) in addition to two guitar players from Washington state, Montreville M. Blakely Jr. and Chris Holzer, Merchant says on her website. The rhythm section was provided graciously by Andrew Barr on drums and Marc Friedman on bass from the Boston based group The Slip. Elizabeth Steen volunteered to play organ, you may recognize her from years of our touring and recording together. Q-Division studios in Boston generously discounted their rates for us and engineer Matthew Ellard was the skilled and able man at the controls.
The Slip has also confirmed an October 4 performance at Montreal’s Club Lambi. Eagle & Talon and Snap Caravan will serve as the evenings support acts.
Other upcoming tour highlights include the Slips September 26 appearance at
UMass-Amhersts Fine Arts Center with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and The Benevento/Russo Duo and the groups September 27 appearance at Bostons Avalon as part of the Boston Music Awards. The Slip has been nominated in the annual events Best Live Act category. As previously reported, the trio will also spend time on the road with My Morning Jacket later this fall.

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