The Felice Brothers – Celebration, Florida (2011)

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This is the American dream, or the sparking of it, what’s left from it. Ian,James and Simone Felice, sons of a carpenter, used to play on Sundays at their father’s afternoon barbecues. They stayed in a little apartment in Brooklyn and The Felice Brothers started as a band playing in the New York City subway stations at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village. Ian is the main vocalist and plays the guitar and piano, James contributes vocals and plays the accordion, organ, and piano, their friend Christmas Clapton, previously a traveling dice player plays the bass guitar. Simone Felice was the drummer as well as a vocalist and a guitarist, he is also an author, having released books entitled “Goodbye Amelia, and Hail Mary, Full of Holes”. Simone left the band in 2009 and now leads his own band: The Duke & the King, Dave Turbeville was put behind the drum kit and Greg Farley is the fiddle player. They album “Through These Reins and Gone” released in 2006 made it onto Radio Woodstock WDST’s top 25 albums of 2006 and in 2008 it was announced The Felice Brothers had signed a record deal with Team Love Records, since they traveling the country in their “Short Bus”, touring extensively.

Well, they reminds me of Bob Dylan, what Dylan used to be, I think The Felice Brothers have the feeling which is lacking from 99.9 of the bands now days, I rather listening them than any of the so-called Indie and Alternative shits the record companies trying hard to tamp down on our throat.  And “Celebration, Florida” is a bright collection of 11 soulful songs. “Container Ship”, “Ponzi”, “Back in the Dancehalls”, “Cus’s Catskill Gym” and any song I can name it are charming, glowing, exciting examples of kind of simple, straight honesty.

The Felice Brothers – Official Site

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