GQ Mag names the Felice Brothers the #2 Must See band in their 08 SXSW Survival Guide

The Felice Brothers add more shows to their never ending tour

New festival dates announced including dates with DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, MAN MAN and JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING

Currently out on the road with the Drive By Truckers, the boys from upstate will make a stop at the Langerado Festival in early March only to trek across the south just in time for MANY shows at this years SXSW. Following the festival, the brothers will hit Los Angeles on March 18th a date at the Echo and back across the country for a headlining date at NYC¹s Bowery Ballroom on 4.12.Spring time sees will see the Felice Brothers taking to the big stages with festival dates at Bonnaroo, All Points West, Mountain Jam and the Clearwater Festival. Updated tour schedule listed below.

The Felice Brothers self titled Team Love debut will be in stores this spring

Team Love will release a collection of The Felice Brothers hottest new tunes combined with some select and hard to find tracks from the tour only full length “The Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol 1“.

The Felice Brothers self-titled American debut will be available at brick and mortar retailers and digital stores this spring. In April, an 180 gram double vinyl version complete with a free download card will hit stores.

“The next generation of Americana heroes.” Uncut Magazine

“Scruffy and scratched Americana that recalls Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and early Springsteen.” Time Out London

“Right now my favorite drinking buddy is The Felice Brothers. It’s music best described by my friend: It’s three in the morning, sleepy drunk, secretly holding the hand of the one you love.” The Guardian UK

“The Felice Brother’s Catskills Folk is rough around the edges and intoxicating…..Ryan Adams: eat your heart out.” Metroland/Best Of 2007

“Tonight At The Arizona documents the reality of happy endings not being one of life’s guarantees.” Drowned In Sound Magazine

“The Felice Brothers write epic songs with lofty titles and they wield a massive accordion. All that is reason enough to give them a day in court.” Vice Magazine

“Great…that song about the boxer is a classic.” Vin Scelsa

“Backwoods Americana is all the rage, but this band of brothers is a cut above the rest.” 4 Stars The Sun UK

Tour dates:

Mon-Mar-24 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-

Tue-Mar-25 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY
Thu-Mar-27 Omaha, NE Waiting Room   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
Fri-Mar-28 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Sat-Mar-29 Madison, WI University of Wisconsin  – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Mon-Mar-31 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College  – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY
Tue-Apr-01 Chicago, IL Schubas   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Thu-Apr-03 Nashville, TN  Mercy Lounge   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Fri-Apr-04 Birmingham, AL Bottletree  – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Sat-Apr-05 Knoxville, TN Barley’s Taproom  – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-

Sun-Apr-06 Atlanta, GA Eddies Attic   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY
Mon-Apr-07 Raleigh, NC Berkeley Cafe   – with JUSTIN TOWNESEARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Tue-Apr-08 Norfolk, VA The Boot   – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Thu-Apr-10 Arlington, VA IOTA Club and Café  – with JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE & McCARTHY TRENCHING-
Fri-Apr-11Philadelphia, PA Chapel at First Unitarian Church  (two shows ­ SOLD OUT)-
Sat-Apr-12 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun-Jun-01 Woodstock, NY Mountain Jam
Thu-Jun-12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Sun-Jun-22 Croton-On-Hudson, NY Clearwater Festival – Great Hudson River Revival
Sat-Aug-09 New York, NY All Points West Music and Arts Festival

In the spring of ’07,  the Felice Brothers released their first recording “Tonight at the Arizona” on Loose Records in the UK. They WOW-ed ’em across the pond playing festivals and gigs throughout the UK and Europe with the likes of the Waterboys, Blanche and David Grey. After making their way across America this summer for their first tour, they band hooked up with Bright Eyes for a string of rousing dates on the East Coast —culminating in a performance on the venerated stage at Radio City Music Hall. The Felice Brothers also kicked it with Levon Helm for one of his classic Midnight Rambles upstate. Along they way, fans at shows were introduced to “The Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol 1”,  only available at live dates..

The sound that emerges from their instruments is seeped with an instinctive authenticity that’s rooted in tradition.  While busking and impromptu subway performances filled their bellies,  now their recordings and live performances brings the backwoods to the cities and concert Halls of America and Europe. Starting off ’08 on the right foot, the Felice Brothers proudly announce their signing to Team Love Records.

Simone, Ian and James Felice are the three eldest boys from a family of seven, born carpenter’s sons in the wilds of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Less than a year ago, the Brothers adopted a runaway dice-thrower and chancer, a 19 year old called Christmas. They convinced him to quit his job and the motley quartet forsook all else but song and moved their Sunday BBQ sing-alongs from their dad’s upstate house out onto the streets and subways of NYC.

After months of toil, living in a 1987 special education bus, with arrests, and genuine
panhandler fun, a free-lance music writer named Gabe Soria (Mojo, Vice) stumbled upon the boys singing and barking their wares at a farmers market in Brooklyn and one thing led to another.

Now the Felice Brothers and blood brother Christmas all live, tour, sing, write and gamble together on their little bus. Their distinct brand of songwriting and the lawless sound they’ve forged has earned them comparisons to Woodie Guthrie, a young Springsteen to the Scorsese film  Gangs of New York. The boys now travel the world performinghomegrown and gritty Americana on the city stages as if they were hosting a sing-along on their own front porch surrounded by family and friends or playing the backroom of a dusty tavern.


1. Little Ann
2. Greatest Show On Earth
3. Frankie’s Gun! *
4. Goddamn You, Jim
5. Wonderful Life
6. Don’t Wake The Scarecrow
7. Take This Bread
8. Saint Stephen’s End
9. Love Me Tenderly
10. Ruby Mae *
11. Murder By Mistletoe
12. Whiskey In My Whiskey *
13. Helen Fry *
14. Radio Song *
15. Tip Your Way 

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One thought on “GQ Mag names the Felice Brothers the #2 Must See band in their 08 SXSW Survival Guide”

  1. The Felice Brothers is one of the greatest bands ever. If you get the chance go see them live and buy their records. They are absolutely incredible. Pure talent. Raw. No syth’s here folks, these guys are the real friggin deal.

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