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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…

Sober Notes Completed

BFT has finally completed his second new album after his five year hiatus from music. The album dubbed “Sober Notes” features better mixing techniques, some new material and all new originals. It was a year in the making. “I wanted to learn from my mistakes…

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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New Original: One Shot Fool

BFT has cranked out yet another all new original song called “One Shot Fool” which speaks to a relationship that has died a rather brutal death at the hands of vindictiveness. “This song has to be the first song I wrote and composed music to…

New Original: Lover’s Wheel

BFT has written and composed and all new original dubbed “Lover’s Wheel.” The song relates to the questions of love and the dynamics of love relationships. “I was sitting in a parking lot at a quick mart with my coffee and listening to John Haitt’s…

New Original “Baby Let’s Go”

BFT is proud to announce another all new original written rather quickly on the fly for a female acquaintance he met not too long ago at a local quick mart. The song features the old Willie Nelson maxim of three chords and some words. It…

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…

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…

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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…


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. BFT features acoustic rock as well as classic country and alt-country. 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 Notes 2018

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Sober Notes is BFT's latest album released in July 2018. It is unofficially dedicated to "Hannah C." It features a gamut of musical interests of BFT. It also features BFT's efforts to improve mixing his music. Enjoy and download the album if you like. It is available in Flac format in a zip file.

Download Entire Album In FLAC Format

Electrified 2017

Download Full Album (MP3 -320bps) [249MB]

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 Full Album [MP3 -320bps 420MB]

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.

Virtually Live [DVD Set]
Virtually Live is a DVD set featuring BFT practicing "live play" in the studio. The idea behind the set is to not only gain practice and experience playing in a live "off the cuff" situation.
These videos also provide a peek at where BFT has come since his return to music a year and half ago (Aug 2016).
Enjoy the videos. They will be updated until complete [start date is Sept 2018]

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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bft in manchester rva by old warehouse turned into apartments