Teague Alexy at Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2019

 
photo by William Hurst

photo by William Hurst

One year after smashing a ceremonial guitar to bring the 20th Annual Homegrown to a close, Teague Alexy was all over the eight day long Festival in his adopted hometown of Duluth, Minnesota last week.

photo by Amber Nichols

photo by Amber Nichols

The first of Teague’s two official DHGF shows was alongside mandolinist Erik Berry to a sold out show at Cedar Lounge in Superior, WI. Teague and Erik played songs from their duo album Irish American alongside some Teague originals and a version of “Victory” by Erik’s band Trampled By Turtles.

Teague’s second #hgmf19 appearance was an early evening show with his band at Dr Robert Powless Cultural Center in downtown Duluth. The Duluth News Tribune recorded a version of Teague’s new, unreleased song “Captain.”

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Teague closed out the final night of the festival singing and playing harmonica at The Rex with Jacob Mahon and The Salty Dogs. Two Jacob Mahon originals, Teague’s “Ol’ John Doe” and an encore of Parliament’s “Can You Get To That” closed a triumphant set. 

photo by Amber Nichols

photo by Amber Nichols

photo by Amber Nichols

photo by Amber Nichols

Earlier in the week, Teague performed two unplugged morning shows at Duluth Coffee as part of Actual Wolf’s week long residency alongside Actual Wolf, Ian Alexy and Feeding Leroy, and joined ska band Woodblind for a lively version of Teague’s “Workingman’s Song” at Duluth Cider.

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photo by William Hurst

photo by William Hurst

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Teague’s smashed guitar on display at Canal Park Brewing, Duluth, MN.  

 

 

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry Irish American Tour 2019

 
 

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry

 *with special guest Ryan Young

IRISH AMERICAN TOUR 2019

Friday 3/8 - Brigid’s Pub - Bemidji, MN - 8 pm

Saturday 3/9 - Castle Danger Brewery - Two Harbors, MN - 7 pm

Thursday 3/14 - Mont Du Lac - Superior, WI - 6 pm

Friday 3/15 - *Hotel Oxbow - Eau Claire, WI - 8:30 pm

Saturday 3/16 - *Hook & Ladder Theater (with Jillian Rae) - Minneapolis, MN 8 pm  Tickets

 
 

Sunday 3/17 - * Beaner’s Central - Duluth, MN - 5 pm  Tickets

 
 

”Irish American” is the 2018 duo record by Northern Minnesota musicians Teague Alexy & Erik Berry available on Consider It Correspondence Records.  Berry is the mandolinist for nationally recognized bluegrass act Trampled By Turtles. Alexy is a celebrated singer/songwriter both under his own name and in the Americana group Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Their 2018 release features nine traditional Irish favorites and two original songs. The album features guest appearances by Trampled By Turtles fiddler Ryan Young, Nicholas David, Jillian Rae, Ian Alexy and members of Pert Near Sandstone and Pistol Whippin Party Penguins.  

Irish American was recorded in Trampled By Turtles fiddle player Ryan Young’s Neon Brown studios. Ryan will be joining Erik & Teague for St Patrick’s Day weekend shows March 15 - 17.  

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Irish American streaming on YouTube

Check out Teague’s Irish American Spotify Playlist  

 

 

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Ian Alexy's NYC, Philadelphia and hometown Somers Point solo shows

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Ian Alexy is back on the east coast this week for three shows. Ian will be playing solo in New York City and Philadelphia for the first time as well as a return to his hometown of Somets Point, NJ. 

Ian returns to Silvana in NYC on Wednesday, February 20 where he played last year alongside his backing band The Deserters. Thursday, February 21 Ian will be performing at Gregory’s in his hometown of Somers Point, NJ.  (Ian’s past Gregory’s performances included guest appearances from members of Spilled Milk and guitarist Mike Smith. 🤔) Saturday, February 23 Ian will be performing solo in the city he was born. Ian Alexy co-bills the night with The Quixote Project at The Locks in Philadelphia. 

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Teague Alexy debuts new songs, new instrument

photograph by Maxwell McGruder

photograph by Maxwell McGruder

Teague Alexy debuted a new guitar and some new original material during an opening set for renowned singer/songwriter Haley Bonar at historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN.

 ”It’s a two-string cigar box style guitar built by Dave Lynas up on the hillside,” Teague told KUMD 103.3 Duluth after the show. “I met Dave at a jam session out in Holyoke and he invited me to come to his house in Duluth and try some of these strange guitars he was building. I didn’t know what to think of this one when I saw it, but I fell in love as soon as I put my hands on it. Even though I didn’t know how to play it, I could feel songs inside.”

photo: KUMD, Maxwell McGruder

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All proceeds from the evening benefited Minnesota Music Coalition’s artist programs. More info at mnmusiccoakition.org

 
 

Teague Alexy debuts new backing band Common Thread with October shows in Duluth and Minneapolis..

photo by Richard Narum

photo by Richard Narum

“I’ve been playing with these Duluth guys off and on and in different combinations for a few years,” says Teague. “They are getting so good, we had to give them a name.”

Teague Alexy & Common Thread will be playing Pizza Luce in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, October 5 and Aster Cafe in Minneapolis Saturday, October 6.

Teague Alexy is probably best known for his Americana songwriting in the nationally-touring brothers duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Or, maybe you remember 2004 when Teague Alexy with Medication was filling dance floors around Minnesota, or you’ve heard that Teague is an award-winning author, or that he grew up in a South Jersey rap band.

Since Hobo Nephews 2015 album American Shuffle, Teague has extended his New Folklore album into an illustrated book called The New Folklore: Lyrical Tales for Dreamers & Thinkers with corresponding new music, created his storytelling podcast/column Wisecracks & Roadside Flats, released his Circuit Sessions album with Minnesota super-producers Actual Wolf and Steve Garrington (Low), and an album of primarily Irish traditional songs called Irish American with Trampled By Turtles mandolinist Erik Berry.

“All these excursions and side projects were advanced classes in my own travelling /singer/songwriter university,” says Teague with a smile. “I’m back to writing lots of songs and rocking with a Duluth band now.”

 
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Friday, October 5

Pizza Luce/Duluth, MN

9:30 pm/$10 (special $5 advance tickets available at venue)

With special guest Emily Haavik and the 35s

 
 
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Saturday, October 6

Aster Cafe/Minneapolis, MN

9 pm/$10 make reservations 612.379.3138

With special guest Sarah Krueger

 

Ian Alexy covers Video Games

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I was taken with the song Video Games by Lana Del Rey the very first time it graced my ears. I was living in midtown Minneapolis and had a housemate and friend named Jerred who was a bit of a mess. He was always unemployed, his bedroom looked like the remnants of a hurricane, and he nearly burnt the house down everytime he tried to cook. We were renting from and living with a mutual friend, and every month when the rent was due, unable to pay, Jerred would disappear to the shelter of one of his girlfriends.

That was the thing with Jerred, he had beautiful girlfriends. Most of which were, young and stylish with enough mommy instinct to want to take care of him. On one particular humid summer evening, he asked me if I wanted to come meet him and his new girlfriend for beers at Leaning Tower of Pizza in uptown. Always curious to meet the next woman in Jerred’s life, I obliged.

I arrived at the same time they did and found Jerred standing outside smoking cigarettes with a tall redhead in a skin tight silver dress named Alysa. We sat at the bar and chatted while eating pizza and drinking beers. At one point in the conversation Alysa asked me, “have you ever heard Lana Del Rey?.” I had not. “She is my favorite artist,” she said . She put her earbuds in my ears and I was blown away by the smoky female voice, lush orchestration and visceral lyric. “Wow, I can see why.” I said.

A few days later I was pulling up to Pizza Luce’ in the Seward neighborhood when I heard the song again playing on the radio in my car.  Although I was ravenously hungry for a slice, I had to sit in the car and listen until the song was finished. I was even more affected than the first time. As soon as I got home I looked up the song online and began figuring out the chords on the guitar and writing down the lyrics.

A few weeks later I was playing a set at The 331 Club in northeast. It was just me and my acoustic guitar. The front tables were mostly filled with my male musician friends, including Jerred who plays and sings with Elliott Smith-like timbre. All of the ladies were sitting in the back booths chattering away and paying me little mind. I was thinking to myself, ‘how do I get these women to engage with the music?’ The answer was simple. Video Games! I began playing the song and saw some heads in the back of the room turn toward the stage. By the time I finished there were five woman standing up by the stage. The song ended to a warm applause and I have been playing it ever since.

-Ian Alexy

 

artist: Ian Alexy
song: Video Games
producer: Dylan Nau
recorded by Dylan Nau and Christopher Blood
writers: Lana Del Rey, Justin Parker

 

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Teague Alexy covers Bob Dylan’s “Million Dollar Bash”

Consider It Correspondence is releasing Teague Alexy’s new version of Bob Dylan’s “Million Dollar Bash” as a digital-only single, now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and wherever digital music is available. 

The original recording appeared on Bob Dylan and The Band’s The Basement Tapes. This new version of “Million Dollar Bash” was recorded during a 2015 rehearsal at Karpeles Museum in Duluth, Minnesota - a couple blocks away from where Bob Dylan was born. Teague was joined by an all-star cast of Duluth musicians: Sarah Krueger, Marc Gartman, Lee Martin (Feeding LeRoy) and Veikko LePisto (Woodblind).

Teague wrote about the recording as part of his Wisecracks & Roadside Flats column, available here as a podcast

Sarah Krueger, Veikko LePisto, Lee Martin, Teague Alexy and Marc Gartman

Sarah Krueger, Veikko LePisto, Lee Martin, Teague Alexy and Marc Gartman

Check out Million Dollar Bash as part of the Teague Alexy Playlist on Spotify. 

 

Teague Alexy at 20th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: A Smashing Success!

Teague Alexy had a memorable week at The 20th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival concluding with the smashing of a ceremonial guitar as his band brought the twentieth annual Festival to a close. 

Teague Alexy Band at Canal Park Brewery as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Nadia Walchuk

Teague Alexy Band at Canal Park Brewery as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Nadia Walchuk

Teague, alongside Erik Berry and Ryan Young, kicked off the opening Sunday of DHGMF 2018 with an all-ages set outside Great Lakes Aquarium on the banks of Lake Superior before later headlining the opening ceremony Sunday night inside Hoops Brewing Company. The trio mixed Teague’s originals with a heavy dose of the Irish traditionals from the new Teague Alexy and Erik Berry album Irish American. 

Erik Berry, Teague Alexy and Ryan Young at the all ages Homegrown Kick-off Show outside Great Lakes Aquarium as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Michael Mayou

Erik Berry, Teague Alexy and Ryan Young at the all ages Homegrown Kick-off Show outside Great Lakes Aquarium as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Michael Mayou

On Monday night, Teague, accompanied by only his own snapping fingers and clapping hands, debuted a new song ‘Rock Bottom’  at the annual Duluth Homegrown Poetry Showcase. 

On Tuesday evening, Teague sat in on harmonica with two different bands at Grandma’s Sports Garden. First, Teague joined Woodblind for “Doobie Dubla” and took over lead vocals for Woodblind’s rendition of Teague’s “Working Man Song.” Later, Teague came back on stage to join Black River Revue on their rendition of the Johnny Cash song “Cocaine Blues.”

Teague Alexy sitting in on “Working Man Song” with Woodblind at Grandma’s Sports Garden as part of DHGMF 2018

Teague Alexy sitting in on “Working Man Song” with Woodblind at Grandma’s Sports Garden as part of DHGMF 2018

Wednesday morning Teague and surprise guest Ian Alexy joined Actual Wolf’s annual Homegrown morning residency at Duluth Coffee. The unplugged set went for over two hours mixing Hobo Nephews originals, Teague’s songs from his album Circuit Sessions (produced by Actual Wolf), and rousing versions of Actual Wolf’s “Thinking of You,” Ian’s new song “21st Century Troubadour” and a cover of Erik Koskinen’s “Six Pack of Beer and a Pack of Cigarettes.” 

 
Ian Alexy, Actual Wolf and Teague Alexy at Duluth Coffee as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Richard Narum

Ian Alexy, Actual Wolf and Teague Alexy at Duluth Coffee as part of DHGMF 2018 - photo by Richard Narum

Ian Alexy, Actual Wolf and Teague Alexy at Duluth Coffee - photo by Terry McCarthy

Ian Alexy, Actual Wolf and Teague Alexy at Duluth Coffee - photo by Terry McCarthy

On Thursday, Ian and Teague Alexy joined up for a surprise Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank afternoon set at Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake. 

Teague didn’t play Friday or Saturday night, but he was out and about passing around a broken acoustic guitar with the Homegrown chicken logo on the front and having it signed by musicians, fans, bartenders, food truck vendors, bouncers and anyone else who played a part in the 20th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. 

Sunday at Canal Park Brewery, Teague Alexy Band took the stage as the last act of the eight day festival. Tyler (T-Dub) Dubla on drums, Brian (B-Wells) Wells on bass and Marc Gartman on banjo backed Teague through an all-original set in front of a packed house. “Quarter To Four” was the last song. Teague eventually put down his guitar and leaned into his distorted mic for a five minute harmonica solo before picking up the ceremonial chicken guitar. Teague kissed the guitar, held it high above his head and danced around for a few moments before slamming the ceremonial chicken guitar into the floor with a loud crash and leaving splinters all over the stage. Twenty years of Duluth Homegrown Music Festival was over. A smashing success! 

The remnants - photo by Dusty Keliin 

The remnants - photo by Dusty Keliin 

St Patrick’s Day with Teague Alexy & Erik Berry

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Teague Alexy & Erik Berry kick off seven shows in four days with a live performance on KUMD 103.3 FM Duluth, MN at 1 pm CT Wednesday, March 14. 

Teague’s St Patrick’s Day Irish American playlist has everything from The Clancy Brothers to The Pogues to Sinead, Van, Cat Power, Justin Vernon, Zappa, Mingus and Johnny Cash. The playlist is built around Teague & Erik’s new album Irish American and perfect for St Patrick’s Day.  

Check it out on Spotify. 

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Irish American Tour 2018

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     Teague Alexy & Erik Berry are playing shows in Minnesota leading up to St Patrick’s Day in celebration of their new album Irish American.  Shows on March 16 and 17, Teague (Hobo Nephews) and Erik (Trampled By Turtles) will be joined by fiddle player Ryan Young (TBT).

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry
Saturday, March 10
Castle Danger Brewery
Two Harbors, MN
7 pm - 9 pm

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry
Wednesday, March 14
Ed's (no name) Bar
Winona, MN
8 pm - 11 pm
$5

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry
Thursday, March 15
Forager Brewery
Rochester, MN
7 pm - 10 pm
no cover

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry with special guest Ryan Young
Friday, March 16
Dulutsen Music & Ski Festival
Lutsen, MN
8:30 pm
$10 advance/$14 door

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry with special guest Ryan Young
Saturday, March 17 (St Patrick’s Day)
Sound
Duluth, MN
Noon - 1 pm
Free Show/Brunch available

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry with special guest Ryan Young
Saturday, March 17 (St Patrick’s Day)
Carmody Irish Pub
Duluth, MN
1:30 pm - 3 pm

Teague Alexy & Erik Berry with special guest Ryan Young
Saturday, March 17 (St Patrick’s Day)
Aster Cafe
Minneapolis, MN
9 pm - 11 pm
$10

Commentary on Irish American: 

 “With spirited picking and energetic sing-along choruses supporting appropriately weathered lead vocals, the repertoire is nine traditional Irish tunes plus a couple of originals: Alexy’s title track, which suggests an outtake from Workingman’s Dead while telling his own family’s immigration tale, and Berry’s sprightly jig “Miss K’s Fancy.” - City Pages

”The TBT members still continue to carve out interesting music on the side. The record features a pair of sweet original tunes alongside traditionals and musical contributions from members of Pert Near Sandstone and TBT violinist Ryan Young, who helmed the recording in his Cold War-era bunker studio.” - Star Tribune

 

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Hobo Nephews at Dulutsen 2018

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank are headlining Friday night of Dulutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival on March 16 at Papa Charlie’s in Lutsen, Minnesota.  Hobo Nephews will be playing as a quartet with Ian and Teague Alexy joined by Ryan Young and Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles. 

Dulutsen 2018 also features Charlie Parr, Haley, Social Animals, Two Many Banjos, Superior Siren, Alamode and Teague Alexy & Erik Berry playing music from their new album Irish American.  

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