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Old Number Four - Digital Single Now Streaming

On April 22, 2015, Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank’s ode to quarterback Brett Favre, “Old Number Four”, was released as the opening track on the B side of their new album American Shuffle. CBS Green Bay (where Brett Favre played most of his career with the Green Bay Packers) were the first to rave about it.

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    “Brett Favre has his own theme song...Old Number Four does a good job of summing up Favre's Ol’ Gunslinger mentality...As far as songs about retired NFL quarterbacks go, this is probably the best one.”  

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis quoted the Hobo Nephews as having written the song while the state of Minnesota was in mourning following Favre and the Vikings loss in the 2010 NFC championship game, and released a video of Brett Favre photos as a Minnesota Viking along with audio of Old Number Four.

STAR TRIBUNE

“There are heroes and myth, mystic and lore,

But there’s never been nothing like Old Number Four...

You gave all you had, then you gave more.

They’ll never forget you Old Number Four”

By the following day, Old Number Four had been covered nationally by ESPN, NBC, FOX, CBS and more, including an epic rant on The Jim Rome Show.

    “Brett Favre apparently has an anthem. A couple of dudes in a coffee shop have dropped a song for the old gunslinger. These guys call themselves Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, which to me is perfect for the OG because the last time we saw that dude, he looked like he had been stowing away on a freight train with his napsack living off some sardines. This song is about when Uncle Brett was seeing better days. The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank were so moved by that immortal 2010 title game that they picked up their harmonicas and their guitars and they dropped a folk song about the folk hero.” - Jim Rome

Jim Rome, in his brazen way, hit it right on the head. One of a folk singer’s responsibilities is to sing folk songs about folk heroes. Woody Guthrie’s “Joe Dimaggio Done It Again,” or Bob Dylan’s “Catfish” are part of the tradition of American songwriters tapping into the romanticism we have with our sports heroes. Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank continue this folk music tradition on American Shuffle with Ian Alexy’s “Old Number Four” and Teague Alexy’s “The Day Billy Martin Quits.”


Old Number Four (Consider It Correspondence Records) is now available as a digital single wherever digital music is sold.

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Green Bay Press Gazette - Favre Gets His Own Song With Old Number Four

Teague Alexy's 'Lefty Stepanovich' Book Now Available

Teague Alexy's 'Lefty Stepanovich' Book Now Available

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"The moral is there are angels among us, so it's a good idea to be nice to everyone," says Teague Alexy of his first book - the rhyming folktale How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine.  Published by Ivy Arts Press in Minneapolis, this first edition of Lefty Stepanovich is now available at Amazon.com as well as select independent book and music stores. 

How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine is also available at the Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin public libraries.

Touching on the common themes of generosity, kindness and brotherhood, How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine also encourages critical thinking for both young and old.  Filled with humor, ridiculous names and clever rhyme schemes, 'Lefty Stepanovich' is fun for kids and adults alike. 

'"I will now provide proof and put to practice my pleasure-producing prototype."  The people were pleased as it pitter-pattered, popped, purred and pumped water through the pipes.

'"I will now provide proof and put to practice my pleasure-producing prototype."

The people were pleased as it pitter-pattered, popped, purred and pumped water through the pipes.

An audio version of How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine is coming soon!  The audio version features Teague Alexy as narrator alongside an outrageous cast of characters including Nicholas David playing the role of the cantankerous Mr. Borkinszankersneer.

How Lefty Stepanovich Turned Water Into Wine is now available at:

Moon Palace Books - Minneapolis, MN  MoonPalaceBooks.com

Ivy Arts Copy and Press - Minneapolis, MN  IvyArtsCopy.com

Electric Fetus - Minneapolis, MN and Duluth, MN  ElectricFetus.com

Jefferson Meeting House - Duluth, MN  Duluth.Quaker.org

Beaner's Central - West Duluth, MN   BeanersCentral.com

Red Mug Coffeehouse - Superior, WI  RedMugCoffee.com

Apostle Islands Book Store - Bayfield, WI   ApostleIslandsBooksellers.com

Smoky Hills Art - Park Rapids, MN.  SmokyHillsArt.com

Deaf Ear Records - La Crosse, WI    DeafEarRecords.biz

The Local Blend - St Joseph, MN

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