We had an old friend on tonight – Ted Hajnasiewicz, talking about his album (Just for Show), the song that came out today (Loving Easy) and his upcoming TV show (which premiered on YouTube).
We spoke to Ted a few times over the summer about the Quarantine Dream project. (Quarantine Dream is an album of Minnesota musicians recording songs to support fellow musician, Jessa Roquet (Gambler’s Daughter), who was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.) But our relationship actually started back when we were in the studios at WMCN. He is always doing a lot of things and they always sound like fun.
Ted has an album coming out, Just for Show. It is old school country – like my dad will love it country. He has a star-studded group with him (playing or writing music) including Sarah Morris, Jillian Rae, Ryan Rud, Chris Holm, Steve Peffer, from Scotland, Tobias Wilson on Pedal Steel and others. The pedal steel on Loving Easy is a highlight! But then again, so are the vocals.
Ted also has a show, which we call a TV show but the network is YouTube. It sounds like an old country variety show from the 1970s – like maybe a Hee Haw or Barbara Mandrell Show with a theme and guests and music. Ted has a great sense of humor. He is great at getting people together to collaborate. And as he says, his love language is stupid. The shows are super fun – as was our conversation. We made lots of plans to do lots of things, especially once the world opens up again. And what’s funny – is that I think Ted will make at least a few of those things actually happen!