Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (Press Page)
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Nestled next to the largest body of freshwater in the world, in the far north of Minnesota, the city of Duluth feels epic even from a distance. As you wind down to the waterfront, past the massive Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge and alongside the harbor, your chest heaves as you witness the great lake and the great lengths man must go to in order to exist in this setting. Once you step out onto the coast and feel the breeze you are awakened by the energy of the water. The lakefront brings blue collar types, hippies, and hipsters all together in a close knit community.
The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank hail from the vibrant music scene of Duluth, MN, which has lately fostered many exciting acts, including Low, Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr, Haley Bonar, and Cloud Cult. The tangible eclecticism makes it somewhat unsurprising that members of Trampled by Turtles have performed on every record that The Hobo Nephews have put out. The two groups are longtime friends and have toured together extensively. "I think that the influence of some of those acts, especially Allen Sparhawk from Low, is part of the reason TBT and Hobo Nephews are different from other bluegrass and folk acts," notes Ian Alexy of the Hobo Nephews. The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank - Teague and Ian Alexy- have been touring and creating ceaselessly since the early 2000's. To date, they've released two full length LPs, Sing (2007) and Number One Contender (2012).
The brother's sophomore LP, Number One Contender, has been hailed as "one of the best Minnesota-made albums of the year." (Chris Remenschneider, Star Tribune) for its timeless songwriting. Number One Contender was also voted the 2013 Album of the Year in the Northland by the readers of The Reader Weely (Duluth, MN).
Number One Contender was recorded live to tape over four wintry days and nights in the north woods of Minnesota. The album captures the energy and emotion of the Hobo Nephews’ sound more than ever before. Teague and Ian’s New Jersey roots squarely align them with the spirit of the big-hearted underdog. This, combined with the whisper of the wind through the pines, and the cadence of the open road, has lent Number One Contender a unique sound. The Hobo Nephews’ emerging strength, however, is the knowledge and perseverance to develop an original American sound as platform for two distinct American voices. "The Hobo Nephews are of the same breed of songwriters that put folk on the map andI’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)
"A laid-back album, but not without grit and grime, and the songs are strong and memorable."
- Duluth News Tribune
"Inimitable grooves and fabulous harmonies. They’re both great guitarists, too.”
- Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles (Star Tribune)
“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
"Timeless songwriting....Easily one of the best Minnesota-made albums of the year."
- Chris Remenschneider, Star Tribune
“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!
“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!
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