GRASSROOTS CONCERTS SERIES: Hello, Hobo Nephews
NISSWA — The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will make its Grassroots Concerts debut at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, with doors opening for general seating at 6:30 p.m.
The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank play acoustic, blues and folk. Brothers Teague and Ian Thomas Alexy grew up in New Jersey, but they’re now based in Holyoke. Teague plays acoustic guitar and harmonica and Thomas plays guitars and electric bass. Both write and sing.
In 2005, they started the band as a duo in Duluth, working with numerous musicians to take their first concert tour in the Rocky Mountains. “Sing!” — their acclaimed debut recording — is considered a landmark in the roots music resurrection in Minnesota. Mostly live, the album is raw and vivid. Their musical eloquence continues, supported by the 2009 release “Traveling Show.”
The album and their concerts celebrate original songs alongside inspired renditions of Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt and, most importantly, Woody Guthrie. They recorded the lion’s share of “Traveling Show” in three marathon days at Rough Magic Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Marco Benevento, who the “All Music Guide” calls “an outrageously talented musician,” electrifies three tracks. Pedal steel player Jon Graboff adds his signature sound to two songs while members of Trampled By Turtles — fellow Minnesota roots music troubadours and frequent collaborators — add violin, mandolin and banjo.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.
Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota Legislature awarded by the Five Wings Arts Council. Grassroots Concerts encourages people to donate non-perishable food donations for the local food shelf. For information, go to www. grassrootsconcerts.org.