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Teague Alexy debuts new backing band Common Thread with October shows in Duluth and Minneapolis..

photo by Richard Narum

photo by Richard Narum

“I’ve been playing with these Duluth guys off and on and in different combinations for a few years,” says Teague. “They are getting so good, we had to give them a name.”

Teague Alexy & Common Thread will be playing Pizza Luce in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, October 5 and Aster Cafe in Minneapolis Saturday, October 6.

Teague Alexy is probably best known for his Americana songwriting in the nationally-touring brothers duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Or, maybe you remember 2004 when Teague Alexy with Medication was filling dance floors around Minnesota, or you’ve heard that Teague is an award-winning author, or that he grew up in a South Jersey rap band.

Since Hobo Nephews 2015 album American Shuffle, Teague has extended his New Folklore album into an illustrated book called The New Folklore: Lyrical Tales for Dreamers & Thinkers with corresponding new music, created his storytelling podcast/column Wisecracks & Roadside Flats, released his Circuit Sessions album with Minnesota super-producers Actual Wolf and Steve Garrington (Low), and an album of primarily Irish traditional songs called Irish American with Trampled By Turtles mandolinist Erik Berry.

“All these excursions and side projects were advanced classes in my own travelling /singer/songwriter university,” says Teague with a smile. “I’m back to writing lots of songs and rocking with a Duluth band now.”

 
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Friday, October 5

Pizza Luce/Duluth, MN

9:30 pm/$10 (special $5 advance tickets available at venue)

With special guest Emily Haavik and the 35s

 
 
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Saturday, October 6

Aster Cafe/Minneapolis, MN

9 pm/$10 make reservations 612.379.3138

With special guest Sarah Krueger

 

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. 

Spotify / iTunes / Webstore (CD only) / BandCamp

 

Teague Alexy Circuit Sessions Press

Teague Alexy has had numerous interviews and performances supporting his critically acclaimed new album Circuit Sessions.  In case you missed any:

Teague does a short interview and performs "No Easy Way" on KQDS FOX Duluth 21

Teague does an extended interview with Radio Heartland's Mike Pengra on Minnesota Public Radio  

Teague appears on Duluth News Tribune's "Pressroom Podcast" for an extended interview and a solo performance of "No Easy Way"  

Teague appears on KUMD's Live From Studio A for an extended interview with Christine Dean and solo performances of "Sweet Salvation", "No Easy Way" and "When We Were Smokin'". 

Teague is interviewed by Nicholas David on KFAI's East of Here, West of Now  

Teague is interviewed on KBEK's Minnesota Music Show

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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.

 
 
 

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.

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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 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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