The Felice Brothers

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Editorial Review

To say headliners the Felice Brothers are influenced by Bob Dylan and the Band's "The Basement Tapes" is like saying human life is influenced by oxygen. The former simply doesn't exist without the latter. Most songs, such as "Frankie's Gun!" and "Ruby Mae," were variations on "Please, Mrs. Henry" or "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread," with the Felices (three of the five members are actual brothers) adding their own twist with accordion and washboard. The celebratory atmosphere the quintet created was more memorable than most of the actual songs, suggesting a bit more time in the basement might be for the best.

--David Malitz (April 2008)