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American Shuffle (Deluxe Digital Edition) Vail Sessions

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In January 2014, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank were touring through Colorado behind their new critically acclaimed album Number One Contender. After a show in Aspen, instead of staying in town, the hard travelin’ Hobo Nephews got back on the road.

“We PLAY in Aspen but we don’t STAY in Aspen,” laughed Teague Alexy. “Aspen hotels are slightly above our tour budget so we always drive out of town after the show.”

On this particular night, Ian and Teague Alexy, touring as a duo, drove through the Rocky Mountains to Ian’s old friend Adam Frehm’s place in nearby Vail. Adam is a well-known dobro player in Vermont and a founding member of the alt-bluegrass band Smokin’ Grass. Adam also played dobro on the Chieftan’s legendary Nashville album Further Down The Old Plank Road. Ian and Adam had played and recorded together when Ian lived in Vermont but hadn’t seen each other in over a decade.

“Ian and I slept on the couch and woke up to Adam making coffee and rolling big Colorado cigarettes,” said Teague. “We wiped the sleep from our eyes and before long we grabbed the guitars.”

Ian and Teague were touring behind Number One Contender, but they had their mind on their next album, American Shuffle. They already knew the next Hobo Nephew album was going to be recorded at Trampled By Turtles fiddle player Ryan Young’s new studio.

“Yeah, we were really into jamming these half-finished songs with everyone we could to hear how people would play along,” said Ian. “We’d keep those musical ideas floating around the back of our head until it was time to go to the studio.”

“Are you ready to make rock history?” Adam asked with a smile as he pulled out a little recorder meant for taping live shows. Amidst more laughs, coffee and drags of those Colorado cigarettes, and without a plan, they gathered around the little recorder on the coffee table and the Hobo Nephews Vail Sessions began to come to life.

By the time Adam’s friend Lizzy brought over a bag of breakfast donuts, Ian, Teague and Adam were in the midst of an early version of Teague’s new song “Low Flying Bird.” You can hear Lizzy come and go between verses on the recording but the music doesn’t stop. Teague belts out another chorus while Ian and Adam start trading guitar and dobro lines into an extended instrumental jam. 

By early afternoon, Ian and Teague had packed up the van to head to the next show in Salt Lake City. Five years later, The Vail Sessions are being released as part of the digital deluxe version of American Shuffle

 
 
 

American Shuffle digital deluxe track list:

1 . Everybody’s Got a Baby But Me

2. Down The Line

3. Over and Back Again

4. Low Flying Bird

5. When The Night Comes

6. Take This Town

7. Old Number Four

8. Down So Low

9. The Day Billy Martin Quits

10. Me, You and The Universe

11. There’s The Train, Here’s Your Ticket

12. Time To Move On (bonus studio track)

13. Nothing To Say About Love (bonus studio track)

14. Forever Takes So Long (bonus studio track)

15. Over and Back Again (demo)

16. Changed My Ways (Vail Sessions)

17. Time To Move On (Vail Sessions)

18. Low Flying Bird (Vail Sessions)

 

American Shuffle (Deluxe Digital Edition) Now Available

 
 

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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and Consider It Correspondence Records are proud to bring you the digital deluxe version of American Shuffle - now available wherever digital music is sold.

“4.5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended indie folk/roots rock” - Pittsburgh In Tune

”one of 2015’s most unexpected and refreshing records. A most welcome reprieve from the pretense that dominates far too much music these days it’s direct, earthy and one heck of a lot of fun.” - Rapid River Magazine

”their songs - insightful looks at our heroes, hopes, loves and dreams - are the backbone of their sound. American Shuffle is a fine reminder of what Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank are all about. Their songs lead the way, with poignant, colorful looks at life, and their musicianship is superb!” - Nashville Blues Society

“firm musicianship and an appealing homespun sound” - blog critics.org

 

American Shuffle digital deluxe track list:

1 . Everybody’s Got a Baby But Me

2. Down The Line

3. Over and Back Again

4. Low Flying Bird

5. When The Night Comes

6. Take This Town

7. Old Number Four

8. Down So Low

9. The Day Billy Martin Quits

10. Me, You and The Universe

11. There’s The Train, Here’s Your Ticket

12. Time To Move On (bonus studio track)

13. Nothing To Say About Love (bonus studio track)

14. Forever Takes So Long (bonus studio track)

15. Over and Back Again (demo)

16. Changed My Ways (Vail Sessions)

17. Time To Move On (Vail Sessions)

18. Low Flying Bird (Vail Sessions)

 

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.”

Duluth News Tribune Video 

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.  

Irish American on iTunes

Irish American streaming on YouTube

Check out Teague’s Irish American Spotify Playlist  

 

 

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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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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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