Are You Listening is a collection of songs written and recorded by Minneapolis based singer/songwriter/guitarist Ian Alexy. The songs were written in between writing, recording and touring with his other project Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank.
In the winter of 2008 Alexy was bedridden with a cold that lasted almost two weeks. In that time he Alexy’s mother sent him a box of his old stuff that had been sitting in her attic for years. That box included a Led Zeppelin songbook, plus videotapes of old rock and metal videos. This blast of inspiration helped him get in touch with his initial influences. The excitement rings true on Are You Listening. “During my middle school years, I used to videotape any rock performance or video I could find on Saturday night TV. Between SNL and The Headbanger’s Ball, there was quite a bit. That was initially how I learned to play guitar.”
Inspired by the open guitar tunings from the Zep songbook, Ian wrote 5 songs in a week that reflected some of the feeling and harmony of Led Zeppelin III. "Although Zeppelin has been imitated many times over, there are aspects of their sound, particularly the layered harmonies that Jimmy Page created with his guitar, that have been largely absent from Rock N Roll ever since. The goal was to get in touch with some of that."
Ian spent his freshman year at Berklee College of Music, a season in West Africa studying highlife guitar, and graduated from the progressive art school Goddard College with a degree in Jazz Composition and Literature. After earning a living in Burlington VT. for a few years performing as a solo singer/songwriter and as guitarist in a few different funk, jazz and rock bands, Alexy relocated to Duluth and then Minneapolis MN in 2008.
Although Alexy is clearly obsessed with the music that initially inspired him to play, with Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, Ian along with his brother Teague, dig much deeper into the American folk/blues songbook. “We started the group with the intention of writing in the style of Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, and it evolved from there.” The Alexy Brothers also took on the lifestyle of the old time traveling musician playing nearly 200 dates in 2009.
In 2011, Ian will continue performing with Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, as a solo artist and with the Ian Thomas Alexy Band.
Are You Listening is now available in the CIC RECORD SHOP
IAN ALEXY - Blow You Away