Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank's debut CD was quietly released in 2005. Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy had already made names for themselves in different projects in different parts of the country. Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock and Funk had been covered. This is different. This is two brothers on a front porch in Northern Minnesota. This is about the trains and rivers that roll by, the cold, the optimism around the corner and the demons under the rug. Diamond Dave Whitaker (credited in Bob Dylan's chronicles as giving Dylan the copy of Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory that changed his life), Holyoke locals, Gonzo Scientists and Teague's daughter Corrina provide a full circle of commentary. The commentary would mean little however without the simplistic depth of the songs. Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles provides mandolin, well known Minnesota folk singer Sara Thomsen provides backing vocals, Lance Rhicard provides Banjo and Nicholas 'The Feelin' Mrozinski adds some piano. Their beautiful playing and singing again would mean little without Ian and Teague's well-crafted and melodic hooks. 'Minnesota Song' was named one of the top songs of The Northland in 2005 and remains an absolute hit in the land of 10,000 lakes. The Hobo Nephews have gone on to some great things in the past couple of years including their highly regarded follow-up Sing! This is where it all started, in Holyoke, MN. The Hobo Nephews first live appearance was the CD release show for this album.