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HOBO NEPHEWS OF UNCLE FRANK
It has been seven years since brother songwriters Teague and Ian Thomas Alexy decided to merge their musical pursuits into roots music project Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Their last album, Traveling Show, was recorded in Brooklyn and took them on tour to some of the biggest cities and smallest, forgotten towns in the country. For their new album, Number One Contender, the Hobo Nephews retreated deep into the north woods of Minnesota with a musical confidence earned through long tours and songs about an America they’ve seen first hand. Minnesota’s biggest newspaper Star Tribune has listed Number One Contender as one of the best Minnesota-made albums of 2013.
"It was an old Iron Range church-turned-studio in Timberwolf country under a full moon," says Teague Alexy. "My voice felt pretty good, we'd been playing well live, we had plenty of brand new songs. As soon as we walked into that old church we surrendered to it."
The fifteen songs on Number One Contender were recorded live to tape in a mere five days. Teague and Ian's New Jersey origins give them a clear understanding of the big-hearted underdog. This combined with the patience of rural Northern Minnesota and the tempo of the open road has provided a unique perspective. Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank's emerging strength, however, is the perseverance and know-how to develop an original American sound as platform for two distinct American voices.
"timeless songwriting chops....loose, lively song rave-ups and masterful guitar work. Easily one of the best Minnesota-made albums of the year."
- Star Tribune review of Number One Contender
"a laid-back album, but not without grit and grime, and the songs are strong and memorable."
- Duluth News Tribune review of Number One Contender
“with heavy folk and Bob Dylan influences in the bands work, fans of tremendously played roots music are in for quite a treat.”
- Atlantic City Weekly
“all manner of backwoods melody driven by chain-gang-workin'-on-the-railroad rhythms…the brothers Alexy excel at channeling that old-timey mono-radio sensation into their modern music.”
- Minneapolis City Pages
“bounces around in rootsy folk and blues territory, with a heavy dose of Dylan and ‘American Beauty’-fied Dead. Teague is more the bluesman of the group while Ian delivers most of the folkier, twangier stuff. Somehow, they strike a perfect balance.”
- Star Tribune review of Sing!
“Four Stars…of the same breed of songwriters that put folk on the map and I’ll be damned if they haven’t written some of the most beautiful and captivating songs I’ve heard in a long time.”
- Vail Daily review of Sing!
“the results are pure gold…a genre buster of epic proportions...an undeniable fact emerges: The Hobo Nephews are the new kings of Highway 61.”
- Duluth Budgeteer News review of Sing!