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The best kept secret in music


"John Lennon Songwriting Contest"

Slim songwriter Michael Baker was recently named a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His song, “Sister Rosa”, was selected by a panel of judges (including Elton John, Cake, Ben Harper and others) from over 25,000 submissions from around the world. - -

"Music Connection Magazine"

Top 25 Demos of 2002! “Slim has a commanding voice that’s for real…Not unlike John Hiatt, Slim takes a wry, interesting looks at history and the world around him…a polished project that’s worth a look and a listen…Slim’s chances are good.” - staff


Slim is currently being featured as one of's 30 Best Emerging Artists in the *World*. Slim's music is also being actively promoted to over 100 million people worldwide through Cornerband's association with the Kazaa Media Desktop. - staff


Interstate Medicine--LP, 2003

*all tracks from this album are being played on both internet and terrestrial radio


Feeling a bit camera shy


• “The Slim sound? Imagine Elvis Costello and Dave Matthews on a road trip to Vegas….Slim is totally bullsh*t-free American rock’n’roll!” •

Slim’s new CD, Interstate Medicine, features 12 tracks that roll out like a weekend getaway in an Eisenhower-era convertible, cruising from wind-in-your-hair guitar anthems to moody, late-night reveries with stops for gas and cold beer along the way. Bandleader Michael Baker’s exceptional lyrics and knack for rough-hewn hooks invite comparisons to Ryan Adams and Pete Yorn, but Slim ups the ante with virtuoso musicianship and rock’n’roll muscle. The result is a highly personal brand of American music, packed with equal parts soul, smarts, and passion.

Slim’s unusual sound started to turn heads in early 2001 when Baker passed out a few copies of his self-produced demo to some friends, which fortunately included former members of Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind and Van Morrison’s band. Bowled over by Baker’s material, one of these well-connected individuals immediately offered to pull some strings and passed the demo on to veteran producer Jeffrey Wood (the Church, X, Fatboy Slim). Wood was similarly smitten, and within a few weeks, sessions for Interstate Medicine were underway at Berkeley, Calif.’s famed Fantasy Studios.

Though Interstate Medicine has only been available for a few weeks, the self-released album is already getting a surprising amount of attention. The disc has broken onto commercial radio playlists, and one of the tracks, “Sister Rosa”, was recently named a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, an honor that carries both notoriety (Yoko Ono’s involved) and financial reward ($1,000 buys lots of beer for rehearsal!). The band is attracting a lot of attention online as well, most recently as one of’s 30 Best Emerging Artists in the world. Through Cornerband’s association with the Kazaa P2P Network, Slim’s music is being aggressively promoted to over 200 million people worldwide.

As a live act, Slim has quickly become a San Francisco Bay Area favorite, packing clubs around the region with a large and growing following. In addition to Michael Baker’s vocals and guitars, Slim features drummer Peter Libby—the original drummer for Primus—Lydia Holly (formerly with Counting Crows) on keys and backing vox, rock/jazz whiz Rob Figliuzzi on lead guitar and bassist Kevin Witte. The band was recently handpicked by national touring act Luce to open a show at San Francisco’s best (and biggest) nightclub, Slim’s. The result? A sold out crowd, a roaring performance and 450 new Slim fans! The band was also invited to perform at Nadine’s Wild Weekend, San Francisco’s premier annual showcase for up-and-coming talent, and at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Slim has also been taking its show to the airwaves, with a series of live performances at radio stations and a TV interview/performance that will soon be seen across the British Isles on England’s Channel 5. In fact, Europe may be the next frontier for the band: the legendary pirate station Radio Caroline has been spinning Interstate Medicine, and influential German underground DJ Lord Litter featured several tracks on his New Year’s Eve 2002 show.

Armed with a stack of great reviews, international interest anchored by a rabid fan base at home in the Bay Area, and a literal Baker's dozen of great tunes, Slim aims to provide the soundtrack to more and more getaways—from the Bay Area to Berlin. In the words of one reviewer: "the music is true medicine for whatever highway you might be on".