WISECRACKS Ep. 2 - Boardwalk Anthem

EP 2. - BOARDWALK ANTHEM

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     Teague's new song Boardwalk Anthem was written and performed in the tradition of Jersey boardwalk rock and roll. This episode features Teague's experience recording Boardwalk Anthem as well as some insight into the musical history of Teague's hometown of Somers Point, New Jersey that includes Levon Helm and The Hawks, Eddie and The Cruisers and Teague's own band Spilled Milk.

     This episode features the music of Retribution Gospel Choir, Spilled Milk (live and unreleased) and Teague's new song Boardwalk Anthem from his forthcoming album Circuit Sessions, now available via special Pre-order.     

This episode is sponsored by Bent Paddle Brewing and DuLutsen Music Festival.

 
 

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WISECRACKS & ROADSIDE FLATS

     "American stories and folktales from musician, author and storyteller Teague Alexy"

     Consider It Correspondence and Teague Alexy have just released the first episode of the new podcast Wisecracks & Roadside Flats.

     Duluth singer/songwriter Teague Alexy is probably best known for his award-winning Americana songwriting in national touring brotherly duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.  Teague’s songwriting is clearly influenced by his life in Minnesota as well as his childhood in New Jersey and life as a travelling musical hobo.  Teague's storytelling side has deeper roots to his Irish ancestry.  The name ‘Teague’ was long ago used to describe the storytelling poets who travelled around ancient Ireland.

     Teague’s first published story, the rhyming folktale How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine, won Best Book of The Northland in 2014 before quickly going out of print in favor of an illustrated collection of Teague's rhyming folktales The New Folklore: Lyrical Tales for Dreamers & Thinkers (North Star Press). There are also musical versions for each folktale.

     In Spring 2016, Teague started Wisecracks & Roadside Flats as a monthly column in Duluth Budgeteer. Teague presents a unique perspective of America through his childhood tales, stories from his early days as a member of the legendary South Jersey hip-hop band Spilled Milk, comical bits on the road with Hobo Nephews, folktales and more from Teague’s well-rounded musical career.

     The “Wisecracks” podcast gives Teague the chance to tell his American stories and folktales with a musical background from his own extensive catalog of released and unreleased material as well as music from Teague’s many musical associates included in the stories.

 
 
 

Teague Alexy's New Album 'Circuit Sessions' Now Available for Pre-Order

Teague Alexy has never sounded better as his poetic songwriting is illuminated with the high-powered production of Eric Pollard (Actual Wolf) & Steve Garrington (Low).

Pre-order Circuit Sessions (CD or digital download) by the April 4, 2017 release date and receive an instant download of Boardwalk Anthem and an exclusive instant download of Teague Alexy's version of the Bob Dylan & The Band song Million Dollar Bash.

Read Teague's column about the recording and the history behind Boardwalk Anthem - the first single from Circuit Sessions and a tribute to Teague's hometown of Somers Point, NJ. 

Teague Alexy

Circuit Sessions

1  Boardwalk Anthem

2  Don’t Go

3  No Easy Way

4  When We Were Smokin’

5  The Raggedy Hat of John Henry

6  Sweet Salvation

7  Where Am I Going

8  Don't Go (King J-Lar dub)

Teague Alexy - vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar on The Raggedy Hat of John Henry & No Easy Way

Eric Pollard - drums, percussion, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, glockenspiel, synths

Steve Garrington - bass, piano, organ, synths

Jake Hanson - electric guitar, slide guitar

Jake Larson - sound engineering, mixing & mastering

Erik Koskinen - additional electric guitar & sound engineering on When We Were Smokin’

Marc Gartman - additional backing vocals on Where Am I Going

Recorded at Sacred Heart Studios (Duluth, MN), Clubhouse Studios (Duluth, MN) and Real-Phonic Studios (Minneapolis, MN)

Produced & arranged by Pancho & Lefty Productions (Eric Pollard & Steve Garrington)

All songs written by Teague Alexy for Consider It Correspondence Music (ASCAP)

Photography, Artwork & Design - Joshua Priestley

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IAN ALEXY'S NEW EP DESERTERS

     This Friday at The Turf Club Ian Alexy will be celebrating the release of his new EP "Deserters" at The Turf Club in St. Paul Minnesota. The record will be available through all major digital retailers on Friday, but you can stream it here right now! Ian will be appearing on KFAI's Free Wheeling with Jackson Buck today at 230 pm central time, to play a few tracks and talk about the new EP. 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul.

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IAN ALEXY - DESERTERS

IAN ALEXY'S New EP DESERTERS

     The new record by singer-songwriter, guitarist Ian Alexy is inhabited by misfit characters struggling to navigate their way in a morally complex world. The Deserters in this sense are not disloyal, just in need of escaping their surroundings for higher ground. This character driven approach to songwriting is exemplified in the infectious first single Misfits In Love which tells the story of three sets of unlikely lovers.

     Ian wrote the songs on Deserters while living in Minneapolis, just before moving to a more rural setting in nearby Wisconsin. “Now that I have some perspective on my time in Minneapolis I can see how much the city and it’s music affected my songwriting.”

     On the turntable, Ian was fueling his inspiration with Pretenders, Thin Lizzy and Tom Petty records which helped shape the style of the new EP. “The great thing about collecting old records on vinyl is hearing the obscure tracks that never made it to radio.” Alexy studied jazz composition at Berklee College Of Music and has a voracious appetite for songwriting.  

     The music’s authentic energy and grit  is delivered by Alexy’s Minneapolis based backing band The Deserters. Ian first shared the new songs with Fontenelle's leader and multi instrumentalist Dave Mehling, who adds keyboards, guitars and backing vocals to the record.  The line up is filled out by the rhythm section of Johnnie Timm on bass and Mike Cini on drums. Cini has long known Ian from his work with folk troubadours Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank and was surprised by the stylistic shift into rock n roll. After a few rehearsals Cini finally asked, “so when did you start writing songs that sound like The Cars?”

     The record was recorded by engineer and Apollo Cobra mastermind Dylan Nau. Dylan’s collection of vintage analog synthesizers were utilized on a couple of the tracks.  

     Having left Minneapolis, does Ian Alexy consider himself a Deserter?. “I think it is important to follow your own individual path in this world wherever it might lead you.”

     Ian Alexy And The Deserters will be celebrating the release of their new EP with The Federales, The Lowland Lakers and Teague Alexy at The Turf Club on Friday December 16.

DESERTERS will be available on CD, Streaming and Downloadable formats.

 

Ian Alexy and The Deserters
“Deserters” Record Release Show
with The Federales, The Lowland Lakers and special guest Teague Alexy
The Turf Club
Friday, December 16
8pm   $10  21+

 

 

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Ian Alexy Record Release Show

     Ian Alexy is celebrating the release of his new EP Deserters on December 16 at The Turf Club in St. Paul Minnesota.  Ian will be joined by his ace backing band The Deserters for this very special show.   The Federales, The Lowland Lakers and special guest Teague Alexy will all be part of the event.  

   Ian’s new material is heavily influenced by 70s rockers like Tom Petty and Neil Young.  So expect an energetic rock and roll show at the historic Turf Club.  Tickets are on sale now!

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Boardwalk Anthem

Teague Alexy and Consider It Correspondence have released Teague's new single Boardwalk Anthem.

Teague's new Wisecracks & Roadside Flats column is an account of the "Boardwalk Anthem" recording session with fellow musicians Eric Pollard, Steve Garrington and Jake Hanson. The new column also explains the historical references in the song to Teague's hometown of Somers Point, New Jersey.

Read the column here at Budgeteer News.

Download the new single on iTunes

Teague Alexy - vocals
Eric Pollard - drums, piano
Steve Garrington - bass
Jake Hanson - electric guitar

Boardwalk Anthem is the first release from Teague Alexy's forthcoming 2017 album Circuit Sessions.

Levon Helm

Photograph by Roger D Evoy

Lyrics to Boardwalk Anthem
by Teague Alexy

Somewhere 'round the summer of '64 Levon and The Hawks put it down here
Something like three sets a night. That must've been something like a good year
Me and my crew on the corner talking 'bout the girl up the street with the blue eyes
She don't like boys from around here, yeah, what a surprise

It's not like I haven't been pushed around
A punch away from being knocked out before
In Somers Point, on the Jersey Shore

Deep in the shadows of the bright lights I'm running 'round working up a thirst
It's ninety-nine or nothing, you'd better get your moneys worth
I've been squeezing my heart, collecting the drops and hiding from the ghosts and the phantoms
'Son, you oughts keep it to yourself. All they wanna hear is boardwalk anthems'

Alright (repeat)

It's not like I haven't been pushed around
A punch away from being knocked out before
In Somers Point, on the Jersey Shore
It is a long way out the front door

The silver was gone soon as it crossed my palm. Believe me, I know your kind
You used to go down and vacation there. I paid for my mistakes with my summertime
This is for Smitty's and The Baggs and the boys bayside of the ninth street bridge
You can take the kid out of Jersey, but you'll never get the Jersey out of the kid

Alright (repeat)

It's not like I haven't been pushed around
A punch away from being knocked out before
In Somers Point, on the Jersey Shore
It is a long way out the front door (repeat)

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Teague's Column - Wisecracks & Roadside Flats

Teague Alexy has a monthly column in Duluth Budgeteer called 'Wisecracks & Roadside Flats.' The newest episode of 'Wisecracks' is a chronicle of the 2010 Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank/Trampled By Turtles show in Rochester, MN. 

illustration by Jeredt Runions

illustration by Jeredt Runions

Read the column here

See an archive of Teague's columns here 

photo by Joshua Priestley  

photo by Joshua Priestley  

Also, check out Teague Alexy's illustrated book The New Folklore: Lyrical Tales for Dreamers & Thinkers

 

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Ian Alexy Kickstarter Project

Ian Alexy Kickstarter Project

KICKSTARTER PROJECT FOR
IAN ALEXY'S NEW ALBUM
Ends October 9th

     Ian Alexy has launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the release of his forthcoming record which will be released in December.  The record was recorded with his backing group The Deserters who bring out new dimensions in Ian's sound.  You can pre order the record through the Kickstarter project.  You will not only be pre-ordering the release but you will also help create the record itself with your contribution. There are many other rewards available too.  Please check out the page by clicking the link below.  Thank you for the ongoing support.   

Take This Town from The White Wall Sessions

   Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank recently stopped by the popular television and web series The White Wall Sessions where Brothers Ian and Teague Alexy performed and sat down for an interview. The third performance, Take This Town, from Hobo Nephews White Walls Sessions has been released.

   Take This Town is from the new Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank album American Shuffle produced by Ryan Young of Trampled By Turtles.  

THE WHITE WALL SESSIONS 

Photo by T.S.T. Photography

Photo by T.S.T. Photography