photo by Michael Anderson

New EP Campfire Extraordinary streaming everywhere on July 16th!   

artwork by Jake Manders

My new EP Campfire Extraordinary will be streaming on all major platforms Tuesday July 16th! It is a collection of six cover songs played mostly solo acoustic. I wanted to get some documentation of the cover songs that I do in my live sets. So I set up the mics in the dining room one night and played through a bunch of songs that I play regularly. When I listened back I was pleasantly surprised at what I heard and thought it might be nice to release some of them. I did two more sessions after that and picked what I felt were a group of songs that sat well together. The songs also tell a lot about my musical personality and influences.  

Paranoid. The opening song by Black Sabbath is one of the first songs I ever attempted to play on the guitar when I started at age 13. I always loved this vocal melody and the despairing lyric.

After The Gold Rush. Neil Young is probably my greatest musical influence and this is one of his very best songs. Usually played by Neil on the piano. The second verse contains the greatest lyrics I have ever heard.

A Face In The Crowd. This is one of the songs that made me a Tom Petty fan. Very haunting, but completely relatable. I added some chord voicings on the guitar that use the notes from the instrumental melody and hopefully add to the melancholy vibe song.

Little Lies. I didn't realize this was Fleetwood Mac when I heard it on the radio as a kid. I thought it was a newer 80's band because of the, at the time, modern synthesizer sounds. Christie Mcvie wrote incredible songs that can stand up in any environment. With just an acoustic guitar and a rough voice, this song still sings.

Angeles. This is the kind of song that can actually seduce you. Elliot Smith could just pull the listener into another world with enticingly sad songs. I tried to emulate his flamenco-like finger style guitar playing but could never get it. So, I instead used a country blues finger picking pattern with alternating bass notes played with the thumb.

Dancing In The Dark. I know this one has been covered by everybody and their cousin but it's hard to resist. Bruce Springsteen's songs are very challenging to sing for me because he changes the phrasing of each line to accommodate the lyrics. He could sing the same melody with three words, or thirteen words. It's like he reinvents the song with each line. Masterful. That's why they call him the Boss.

 

West Theatre with Tinsley Ellis 

Tonight March the 12th, I will be doing a solo performance at The West Theatre in Duluth MN! I have played at the West before with Babie Eyes, and The Sydney Hansen Band and enjoy the space and the wonderful acoustics. This will be my first solo performance at the West and I am super excited! 

I will be supporting Tinsley Ellis who is on tour supporting his Billboard #1 Blues album The Naked Truth! It is a sparse and beautiful record that I definitely recommend! I'm looking forward to hearing it live.

Check my tour dates for more upcoming shows. Hope to see you up the road.

-Ian

Ian Alexy is a Philadelphia born, Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist. Ian is a solo artist and member of the nationally acclaimed Americana duo Hobo Nephews Of Uncle FrankHe more recently co-founded the alternative rock group Babie Eyes. His salt of the earth songwriting and expressive guitar work, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune, “invokes eighties era Springsteen and Petty.” In his solo performances he is known to mix classic singer songwriter vibes with sonic guitar experimentation. His influences include folk, rock, country, jazz and West African music.

Ian Alexy moved with his family from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore when he was three years old and was a collector of tapes and records from a very young age. He was obsessed with The Police, and Prince after seeing their videos on TV. A few years later upon turning twelve years old, Alexy convinced his father to buy him a guitar, as long as he agreed to take lessons on the instrument. Ian agreed and began a life of musical discovery. “At first I thought I would be a rythmn guitarist like Izzy Stradlin. I never thought I would be a singer or a lead guitarist, but overtime I discovered that I was capable of those things. I am always trying to expand upon what I can do. Now I am a multi-instrumentalist and producer as well as a singer songwriter and guitarist. It's” Ian is also a filmmaker and has created many videos for his own music.

After finishing high school Ian spent a year of following The Grateful Dead and Phish to their various concerts on the east coast. “I still lived at home rent free, and I was making money delivering pizzas. I wnet to every concert I could and was still able to save money for music school.” Ian then did three semesters at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied jazz guitar and music theory. He than finished at the progressive school Goddard College in Vermont where he studied literature and jazz composition. Along the way, Ian spent a semester in West Africa where he studied high-life guitar music and indigenous drumming. “Being in West Africa was a dream. The people and the music are incredible but warm and welcoming at the same time.”

Ian began his career as a singer songwriter in Burlington Vermont in the early 2000's. It was there that he recorded and released his critically acclaimed first album Rootedness. After two years of playing in Burlington as a solo artist and guitarist for the jazz/funk ensemble Leon Tubbs, Alexy relocated to Minnesota.

Ian, along with his brother Teague Alexy formed Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank in Duluth Minnesota in 2005. This began a twelve year ride that brought the Hobos all over the country, performing first as an opener for Trampled By Turtles and then on their own covering every region of the United States. “We were lucky to be a small part of the folk music boom of that time. The Avett Brothers and Mumford And Sons were topping the charts and there was a huge interest in that kind of music. We weren't nearly the most popular, but our shows were always well attended and we sold over 15,000 CD's, mostly out of our own hands.” Hobo Nephews had their song Old Number 4 go viral in 2015 when CBSSports did a feature story on it.

in 2022 Ian co-founded the alternative rock group Babie Eyes with singer Heidi Feroe. The group released it's first record See The World Through in 2023 and has become a favorite live act in the wildly active music scene in their home of Duluth MN. 

All the while Alexy has maintained a solo career releasing 5 albums and performing countless shows as a solo performer and with his band The Deserters. He is currently working on the follow up to his 2021 record Troubadour 21st Century!

“Invokes 80s era Springsteen and Petty.” -Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Packed with full-blown rock ‘n’ roll gusto.” - Volume One Magazine

“There’s something odd and captivating about Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter Ian Alexy. His stomping blues rock is reminiscent of Dan Auerbach. - Minneapolis City Pages

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