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These are the latest albums by Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires.
Earlier recordings by Ted can be viewed here.

Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires:
Gas Station Guru

Gas Station Guru Gas Station Guru is the fourth album from roots and rhythm ensemble Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires. Recorded in Ted’s hometown of New Orleans, the album will be released by Onager Records on March 22.

The record features guitarist Mem Shannon, who lent his distinctive style to “Two Vices.” Pianist Sherman Bernard adds his authentic New Orleans feel to “Ten Dollar Hat” and “The Next Train” features contributions from members of the Cajun band T’Canaille.

Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires stir up an intoxicating brew of the profound and the profane, of virtue and vice and most importantly the volatile in-between. Ted’s songs explore hope and hustlers, saints and strays, drifters and the down-and-out. The Thousandaires -- with Hefko on vocals, guitar and tenor sax -- bring these stories to life with the spontaneity of jazz, the rough-hewn, bare-bones tone of backwoods folk songs and the raucous vibrancy of classic Louisiana Rhythm and Blues.


Personnel
Ted Hefko: Vocals, T. Sax, Clarinet, & Acoustic Gtr.
Elliot Slater: Electric Guitar
Justin Carlo Davi: Bass
Jasmine Butler: Drums & Percussion
Joe Welnick: Acoustic & Electric Piano
Beck Burger: Hammond Organ
Carolyn Broussard: Backing Vocals
Arséne DeLay : Backing Vocals
Antonio Gambrell: Trumpet tracks 2, 3, 7
Mike Kobrin: Trumpet track 1

Special Guests:
Sherman Bernard; Piano (Ten Dollar Hat)
Mem Shannon; Lead Guitar (Two Vices)
Lance Caruso; Accordian (Ride Me Down Easy, Next Train)
Latasha Covington; Rub Board (Next Train)

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Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires:
Distillations of the Blues

Distillations of the Blues Distillations 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 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 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 on some of the slower numbers. 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 energy from the live show and draws you along for the ride.
— excerpted from the liner notes by Isaac Story

The Thousandaires:
Ted Hefko — Lead Vocals, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, All Acoustic Guitars
Neil Flink — Electric Guitar
Brian Vinson — Upright Bass
Norman Edwards Jr. — Drums
Special Guests:
Dalton Ridenhour — Piano 4,9&10
Marek Sapievski — Piano 2&11
Kid Chocolate — Trumpet 1,2,8&11
Andy "Dr. Bone" Galbiati — Trombone 1&2
Satoru Ohashi — Trumpet 6&7, Tambourine 1&3
Dominick Grillo — Baritone Sax 8

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Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires:
If I Walked On Water

If I Walked On Water...would you sail on back to me? If I Walked on Water opens with a playful song of courtship in the language of the King James Bible set to a gypsy jazz backdrop of clarinet, accordion and exotic percussion. Next on “It's Cold In Here”, The Thousandaires lay down their best shuffle, for a tale of long-distance love and we're off on a jovial journey through the Jazz Age and its varied musical children from Dixieland and Rhythm and Blues to New Orleans style funk and Cajun Country. In the spectrum of American songwriting we find, at one end, the simple elegance and sophistication of Duke Ellington, exploring the instrumentation and spirit of jazz, to the lyrical virtuosity of Bob Dylan, dealing in folk and blues traditions, at the other end. In between, we encounter a myriad of ways to split the difference, between Johnny Mercer, Ray Charles, and Dr. John. Musician and songwriter Ted Hefko is finding his own way to toe the line with wry lyrics that make sense when you write them down and plenty of live improv over a backdrop of stirring rhythms all with the optimistic spirit and the dogged determination that define America's musical heritage.

The Thousandaires:
Ted Hefko, Lead Vocals, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Acoustic Guitar (5,6)
Satoru Ohashi, Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Luca Benedetti, Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Scott Ritchie, Upright Bass
Moses Patrou, Drums, Piano, Percussion and Backing vocals
Special Guests:
Billy Blend, Hammond BV Organ
Neil Thomas, Accordion

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Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires:
Egyptland

Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires: Egyptland Egyptland is a collection of scenes and stories set in New Orleans, where saxophonist turned songwriter, Ted Hefko, made his home for some ten years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a decade's worth of ideas began to fit together to personify a city and a period in the author's life. Recorded in an era when living room studios began to rival the fidelity afforded our favorite artists and works of yesteryear, each track on Egyptland represents a collaboration with a close friend or two in an intimate setting. The songs on this album are as varied as the sounds emanating from the myriad of storefront concert halls lining the way on an evening jaunt down New Orleans's Frenchmen street.

Ted Hefko: lead vocals tenor sax (1,5,9) flute (2) piano (8) lead guitar (3,8) clarinet (2) synth cello (2) synth. bass (8) acoustic guitar (2,3,4,7)
Nick Russo: elect. guitar (1,5,9)
Adam Ahrens: highstrung guitar (2) elect. guitar (4,7) National steel guitar (6)
Scott Patterson: keyboard (3)
Ben Rubin: elec. bass (1,5)
Kenneth Bentley: elec. bass (3)
Eric Przygocki: upright bass (4,6,7)
Peter Maness: acoustic bass (9)
Diego Voglino: drums (1,5)
Jason Ewald: rhythm guitar (8) drums & percussio (3,8,9)
Cameron Dennis: drums (4)

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Earlier recordings by Ted can be viewed here.