Monday, January 21, 2008

The Felice Brothers - Catskills' Soul

Perusing the mp3 blogs last week, I came across The Felice Brothers on the always teriffic I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and immediately decided to investigate further. I needed to hear more and found their my space page, which provides the following ordering ordering instructions:

We have 3 older albums for sale on New York Pro, our own little backwoods label: Tonight At The Arizona, Iantown, and Adventures of The Felice Brothers. To own them please come to our shows and buy they them there or send 15 American dollars in a greeting card to: Felice Brothers P.O Box Palenville NY 12463....... or to our paypal: just say what you want and we'll mail the music right out to you. Love, The Felices.

Somehow that ordering process fits in perfectly with all things Felice. Their loose, acoustic take on appalachian soul combined with desperado lyrics that seem like they were written 100 years ago and uncovered years later by Harry Smith or Alan Lomax give their songs an insouciant yet menacing spirit. The easy call is to say they bring to mind Basement Tapes-era Dylan and The Band, but I hear the spanish harlem soul of Willy DeVille filtered through a raggedy mix of Woody Guthrie and the softer side of Los Lobos.

And for those in the Philly area, here's a link to purchase tickets to the brothers' R5 show at The Barabry (951 Frankford) - only 65 tickets will be sold! And for the curious, one of the opening acts is Justin Townes Earle, son of Teenage Kicks favorite Steve.
In addition to the two tracks on Heather's blog, here are two more to get you primed for Team Love's March 4th release of The Felice Brothers.

The Felice Brothers - Radio Song mp3

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