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New Original: White Lily

BFT has written an all new original song about an old friend he met way back in college. This person always touched BFT in some profound way. He is not sure why but he never could find words until recently to write a song about…

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The Learning Curves Payoff

Making music and then dabbling in the production of that music can be a daunting and aggravating process that consumes hours of time. BFT has spent the last several months making the journey across the bridge between learning to play music and produce the music…

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All New Mixes For Sober Notes

BFT proudly announces all new mixes for his upcoming album “Sober Notes” to be released in the spring. BFT said “I’ve gone back and learned a lot of things in mixing and sound production. I’ve also invested in some new tools to help with the…

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New Original: Another Love Song

“Another Love Song” is the latest new original BFT has worked out for the upcoming album “Sober Notes.” The song is essentially about one night stand of sorts but not in the literal sense of the meaning. It is about liking someone a lot who…

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Sober Notes Coming Along

BFT has finally got back to the studio to work on his latest album project “Sober Notes” which he hopes to release in the spring of 2018. The album will feature some all new songs as well as new originals and a few oldies but…

Big Fat Teddy Is Now BFT!

Big Fat Teddy has been Ted’s stage name for a long time since he first got into music and created his first website to showcase his work. But now, Ted has decided to simply go by a three letter acronym that was planted in his…


BFT is the music stage name for Ted Manolatos. BFT as he calls himself started with a joke when someone related to the fried chicken chain KFC. BFT is an aspiring music artist who has been involved in music since 2005 when a close friend introduced him to his first acoustic guitar. He has since ventured into electric music in addition to acoustic guitar.

BFT has a wide and eclectic musical influences ranging from the blues to folk to classic rock and outlaw country and alt-country. He digs classical music too. Music was always in his soul from a young age. He likes to keep and open mind with it. Richmond, Virginia is where BFT calls home. He’s lived here since 1980 .

Ted likes to put his own face on the music he does. Sometimes it works, sometimes not but he feels the energy of an aspiring artist. BFT also enjoys writing, graphics and technology as well as sound production and photography when he’s not doing music. He writes and performs originals from time to time as well.

Latest Music

Sober Note Sessions

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Here you will find songs for my upcoming album "Sober Notes." The mixes are likely to evolve so check back from time to time to see what has changed. Asterisk by name means a new mix.

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Acoustic Years

These are songs I recorded and mixed some years ago when I first started. They are not perfect but represent the best of what I have from that time.

Download Complete Acoustic Years Set (208MB)

Misc. Studio Sessions

The mixes here are just music I do for fun in the studio when I am bored or not quite in the mood to focus on my album work. I don't spend as much time mixing these so keep that in mind.

Music Videos

These are some of my music videos as I make them from time to time. You'll find a playlist here. Click top left corner to see playlist.

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