First One Home

by The Pendrakes

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When I lived in Minneapolis I had a band that shared a practice space with Slim. I also had the good fortune to play bass with his band for a number of wedding receptions. During that time I learned a lot from Slim about music, including:

1. Don’t kill a song in practice. Play once for all to learn, twice to get it down, and a third time to polish.

2. Don’t kill a song in practice (continued). Most of the time, you can skip the second and third go round. Occasionally, skip the first.

3. If you have a lot of parts in a song, what you might have there is another song.

4. You cannot rock in flip-flops.

When it came time for my own wedding in Omaha, Slim was kind enough to grab an all-star crew (Lilja, Eller, Lynch, Newman) and come on down to play the reception. I’ve been away from Minneapolis for a while now and haven’t seen a lot of Slim in the last ten years, but I’ve never forgotten how great he was to hang around, how quick he was with a compliment, and how cool it was to play music with him. Thanks Bob! Here’s a wedding song (sort of) for you.

- Paul


released 17 September 2014
First One Home (written by Paul Novak and Corey Weber)
Recorded by Curtis Grubb in Omaha, NE.

The Pendrakes:
Paul Novak: Vocals and bass
Corey Weber: Guitars and vocals
Chris Weber: Vocals
Eric Ebers: Snare drum and tambourine




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Slim Town Singles Minnesota

Slim Town Singles is a cooperative, ongoing musical tribute to Minnesota's hometown musical hero and former Replacements guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap. All proceeds from sales of Slim Town Singles support his care and recovery from a debilitating stroke suffered in February of 2012. Slim has given a lifetime of love, support and music to the Minnesota music community. Now is our chance to give back. ... more

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