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The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers at Mountain Jam 2008. Left to Right, Farley, James, Christmas (In Back), Ian
Background information
Origin New York, United States
Genres rock, Americana, folk rock, country rock, roots rock
Years active 2006—present
Labels Team Love
Website Official Website
Ian Felice, Simone Felice, James Felice, Christmas, Farley

The Felice Brothers are a folk rock/country rock band from Upstate New York founded in 2006.[1]



The Felice Brothers got their start as a band playing in the New York City subway,[2] but their musical experience started much earlier. The sons of a carpenter, they would play together on Sundays at their father's afternoon barbecues.[3] They stayed in a little apartment in Brooklyn[2] and would play in the subway stations at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village.[4] The three brothers originally hail from Palenville, NY[2] in the Catskill Mountains.

Now they tour the country, traveling in their "Short Bus".[1] They went to England in the summer of 2007 to play a handful of shows.[4] Alongside manager, Paul Schiavo, the band worked hard to release their debut album Through These Reins and Gone in 2006 which started the rumblings around the music world. In 2007, Schiavo negotiated the bands first record deal with Loose Music in Europe. The momentum was now strong and had paved the way for a solid touring schedule and a growing fan base.[2] Through These Reins and Gone made it onto Radio Woodstock WDST's top 25 albums of 2006. About their album Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol. 1 James Felice said, "We put one record out on an English label, and we've released all the other stuff ourselves" (on their label 'New York Pro').[3] The Felice Brothers have played at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY and also toured with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band last fall.[4]



Felice Brothers perform at Newport Folk Festival 2008

On January 7, it was announced The Felice Brothers had signed a record deal with Team Love Records.[5] They toured the United States extensively during the spring (February through mid-April), to promote their new album. The Brothers played at Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain again this year. They also played at the 2008 Clearwater Festival, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, All Points West Music and Arts Festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and Outside lands music and arts festival in San Francisco, California, the latter two festivals being inaugural events.

In August, the band performed at the legendary Newport Folk Festival. Due to torrential rains, high winds, and lightning storms, power was cut to the entire Newport, RI area. As the stage the band was performing on had no generators, the band played unplugged. They performed for over an hour with such songs as "Frankie's Gun!" and a sing-a-long to "This Land is Your Land".


The Felice Brothers joined Old Crow Medicine Show, Justin Townes Earle and the Dave Rawlings Machine for a nine-city package tour called The Big Surprise Tour, after the lead track from the Yonder is the Clock album. Kicking off on August 4, 2009 at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, the tour travelled around the eastern United States before wrapping up at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, on August 14, 2009

Future Plans


The Felice Brothers will be opening for The Dave Matthews Band at four concerts in Canada and the US, starting at The Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on June 1, 2010.


The band has five main members: Ian and James Felice, their friend Christmas, previously a traveling dice player, washboard player Greg Farley and fiddler and drummer Dave Turbeville. At other times, they have featured a horn section in the band, composed of local Hudson Valley musicians. Ian is the main vocalist and plays the guitar and piano. James contributes vocals and plays the accordion, organ, and piano. Christmas plays the bass guitar. Simone Felice was the drummer as well as a vocalist and a guitarist. Simone is also an author,having released books entitled Goodbye Amelia, and Hail Mary, Full of Holes. Simone Felice left the Felice Brothers in 2009. He now leads his own band - The Duke & the King (named after the duo of con-artists in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) with Robert "Chicken" Burke. They released their debut album - Nothing Gold Can Stay on Ramseur Records August 4, 2009.



Iantown was the first album to be released under the name "The Felice Brothers", however for the most part it features only Ian on acoustic guitar and harmonica. It is now out of print.

Track listing

  1. "You're All Around"
  2. "Devil As A Child"
  3. "The Long Road Ahead"
  4. "In the Arms of Buffalo Bill"
  5. "Her Eyes Dart 'Round"
  6. "Rosie, I'm Wrong"
  7. "Steal A Memory"
  8. "Trouble Been Hard"
  9. "Roll On Arte"
  10. "In My Life"

Through These Reins and Gone

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Through These Reins and Gone is the 2006 debut release from The Felice Brothers.

Track listing

  1. "Trailer Song"
  2. "Ballad of Lou the Welterweight"
  3. "Hey Hey Revolver"
  4. "Your Belly in My Arms"
  5. "Got What I Need"
  6. "Soldiers Song"
  7. "Valentines Song"
  8. "Roll On Arte"
  9. "Christmas Song"
  10. "Mercy"
  11. "Song to Die To"
  12. "Going Going Gone"

Tonight At the Arizona

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Tonight At the Arizona was released in 2007 on English Label Loose Music.[6] The influence of Bob Dylan and The Band[7] is evident many of their songs, such as "The Ballad of Lou the Welterweight", a roots revivalist folk ballad "...based on a story my grandpa used to tell us about" as James Felice put it[3]. The imperfections in the recording of "Hey Hey Revolver" are supposedly from a lightning strike during the recording of the song[2].

Track listing

  1. "Roll On Arte"
  2. "Ballad Of Lou The Welterweight"
  3. "Hey Hey Revolver"
  4. "Your Belly In My Arms"
  5. "Lady Day"
  6. "T For Texas"
  7. "Rockefeller Druglaw Blues"
  8. "Mercy"
  9. "Christmas Song"
  10. "Going Going Gone"
  11. "Take This Hammer (Live)"

Adventures of The Felice Brothers Vol. 1

Adventures of The Felice Brothers Vol. 1 is available directly from the band at live shows. It was recorded on two-track tape in a chicken coop, “People seem to think that’s weird, but it was normal to us,” Felice said. “It was like a little tiny dirty house"[1]. This album features "Frankie's Gun!", perhaps their most widely recognized song. Adventures of The Felice Brothers Vol. 1 was listed as number 3 on WDST's Top 25 Albums of 2007, being beat only by Bruce Springsteen and Levon Helm. Adventures also contains their covers of two classic folk songs. A song called Ruby Mae is also based on their grandpa's "old sweetheart" as the brothers say.[3]. "Where'd You Get the Liquor" is a version of "Old Dan Tucker" and "Glory Glory" is a rendition of "Can the Circle be Unbroken".

Track listing

  1. "Frankie's Gun!"
  2. "Trouble Been Hard"
  3. "Ruby Mae"
  4. "Radio Song"
  5. "Helen Fry (She's A Master Of Disguise)"
  6. "Walk A While"
  7. "Whiskey In My Whiskey"
  8. "Doris Day"
  9. "Oxycontin"
  10. "Where'd You Get The Liquor"
  11. "The Devil Is Real"
  12. "Glory Glory"
  13. "San Antonio Burning"

The Felice Brothers

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The Felice Brothers is the Brothers' debut in "brick and mortar" retailers in America as the brothers have said it. The Felice Brothers was released on March 4, 2008. It includes five tracks previously released on their hard to find Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol. 1.

Track listing

  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"

Yonder Is the Clock

Yonder Is the Clock is the Brothers' second major release, and was met with highly positive reviews. It was released on April 7, 2009.

Track listing

  1. "The Big Surprise"
  2. "Penn Station"
  3. "Buried in Ice"
  4. "Chicken Wire"
  5. "Ambulance Man"
  6. "Sailor Song"
  7. "Katie Dear"
  8. "Run Chicken Run"
  9. "All When We Were Young"
  10. "Boy from Lawrence County"
  11. "Memphis Flu"
  12. "Cooperstown"
  13. "Rise and Shine"

Mix Tape

Mix Tape is a limited release on New York Pro. It was released on October 12, 2009.

Track listing

  1. "Forever Green"
  2. "Ahab"
  3. "White Limo"
  4. "Let Me Come Home"
  5. "The Captain's Wife"
  6. "Indian Massacre"
  7. "Old Song"
  8. "Marie"
  9. "Marlboro Man"

Cultural Impact

The end of the song "Frankie's Gun!" is featured in the British sitcom Outnumbered's 2009 Christmas Special, where all the family are seen singing along to it in the closing sequence.


  1. ^ a b c Bumgardner, Ed, 8 November 2007, 'Music Notes: Felice Brothers are earthy, their music visceral' Relish Now!.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fleming, Amy, 2007-11-26, 'We don't care if we suck', The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b c d Lisle, Andria, 2 November 2007, 'Roots-revivalist wind propels earthy band', Comercialappeal.
  4. ^ a b c Barry, John W., 22 November 2007, 'Felice Brothers: Band enjoying living its music', Poughkeepsie Journal.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Band Profile - San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival
  7. ^ Paste Band of the Week: The Felice Brothers

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