Less than 24 hours after the April 21 release of new Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank album American Shuffle, the national sports media began providing extensive coverage of the song “Old Number Four.” Though not mentioned by name, the song is an homage to retired NFL legend Brett Favre.
CBSSports.com broke the story on Wednesday, April 22 – one day after the release of American Shuffle. Within 24 hours “Old Number Four” had over 20,000 YouTube hits as coverage quickly spread to local, regional and national news outlets including ESPN, NBC, FOX, Star Tribune, Green Bay Press Gazette, Duluth News Tribune and The Jim Rome Show.
“Brett Favre apparently has an anthem. A folk song about the folk hero.” – Jim Rome
“The catchy song features an Americana flavor, heroic lyrics and well-blended harmonies.” – WEAU NBC Eau Claire
“Just in time for his return to Green Bay, Brett Favre has his own theme song. Well, it’s not officially his theme song, but it probably will be after he hears it. The song, called “Old Number Four,” seems to do a pretty good job of summing up Favre’s Ol Gunslinger mentality.” – CBSSports.com
“Love the @hobonephews homage to Brett Favre” – 89.3 FM The Current Local Show
“Both haunting and affectionate, “Old Number Four” pays homage to the former Green Bay Packers quarterback with Americana harmonica, harmonies and lyrics that capture a hero nearing the end of his run.” – Green Bay Press Gazette
Hear “Old Number Four” live in concert this summer! Check the Hobo Nephews American Shuffle tour dates for a show near you.