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Distillations of the Blues

by Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires

Our third album of originals features a heapin' helpin' of rhythm and blues, special guest horn players from the crescent city, a couple of intimate ballads and plenty of spontaneous jive.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hesitation Blues
4:43 $1.29
2. Sweat Upon My Brow
4:23 $1.29
3. I Don't Feel Welcome Here
5:08 $1.29
4. I've Got a Right to Carry On
3:37 $1.29
5. One More Distillation of the Blues
4:20 $1.29
6. Champion Jack
4:03 $1.29
7. Slippin' Slowly
3:07 $1.29
8. Bad Kids
4:18 $0.99
9. Adam and the Devil
4:02 $1.29
10. Butterfly Dreamin'
4:52 $1.29
11. When the Weather Breaks
4:26 $1.29
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Album Notes
I heard the new Ted Hefko & The Thousandaires album the other day, and couldn't help but remember that evening when we first heard the guys down in Charleston, South Carolina. We weren't the only ones dancing in the aisles, and that copy of If I Walked on Water was the soundtrack for our summer.

They came back on another tour and I met and befriended the guys. I've seen the band every time they've been through town since, and there's always a special energy when they get going. I've seen them create motion in all types of crowds, and I enjoy how they grab the attention of everyone in the venue and work the room all night.

The new album --Distillation of the Blues-- evokes the feeling of motion directly, as if you've just stumbled off the street into an early 20th-century speakeasy where something was happening that you didn't even realize existed the moment before. It feels more like the live show, and that's a great thing because there are some talented performers and wonderful characters in Mr. Hefko's troupe. Neil Flink lays down his signature sweeping guitar tapestries. And if you're a jazz cat, you'll love Brian Vinson's style and the way he just sways with that upright bass and makes it look and sound way easier than it really is. He and Norman Edwards are locked in on this album, keeping time and holding the groove for all the talented guest players recording in both New Orleans and Brooklyn. A lot of these tracks were recorded while on tour, which may explain why it has that great "live" feel and polish. And of course, the man himself wails on the sax.

Just like the earlier albums, the vivid imagery in Ted's lyrics unfold like a blooming light in a world that is darker than it would be without his perspective. His clever rhymes, earthy anecdotes, and simple phrasing live naturally in your mind's ear. There's a timeless quality to the way Ted writes his lyrics, a way that makes them applicable across ages and even time itself. You could have dropped this album in any decade of the last century and people would identify with and enjoy it. Ted's voice is the best I've heard it yet, and it shines in a way I've never heard before. It's still as smooth as ever, don't get me wrong, but there's a strength there that has grown since we first saw him crooning into the South Carolina evening. This album wraps up that kinetic energy from the live show and draws you along for the ride.

I hope you enjoy the album as much as I have. I'm going to leave you with a line from the album that made me think of an old friend: "I need only look above when I have lost my way, to be guided by my lucky stars again."

Issac Story



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