The story of Ted Hefko is like one from a movie we’ve seen sometime somewhere in our lives. He left Wisconsin at 18 on a bus to New Orleans with a couple of guitars, a saxophone and his clothing. His latest album If I Walked On Water is kind of like his life. It has songs about trains, buses and taking steps to get some where you want to be. He is a very gifted songwriter. He wrote all of the songs, composed and arranged on this album.
Hefko’s music is part jazz, folk, blues, country and dixieland. There are 9 songs on the disc and they will make you laugh, dance and think. A few of the standout songs are: You’ve Gotta Take Steps, If I Walked On Water, Get On The Train And Ride and This Song Won’t Sound The Same. The players on the album include: Ted Hefko on vocals, guitar, sax and clarinet, Satouri Ohashi on trumpet and valve trombone, Luc Benedetti on lead and rhythm guitars, Scott Richie on upright bass, Moses Patrou on drums, percussion, piano and backing vocals, Billy Blend on Hammond organ and Neil Thomas on accordion.
If I Walked On Water has a release date of September 1, 2012. Ted Hefko’s website is http://www.ted.hefko.net. There are some interesting stories on his website. It is definitely worth exploring. Hefko is one of those artists that you tend to appreciate more when you read about the journey he’s taken during his musical career. It is quite fascinating to say the least.