T for Texas

I don’t know what it is about Upstate New York that causes people to grow bushy beards, abandon electric instruments, and settle into deep, weird, soulful Americana, but I can’t tell you how thankful I am for it.  I talked about Levon Helm and the Band yesterday, and while I certainly love Helm solo and the Band, I can’t tell you how excited I am right now about the Felice Brothers.  Three of the members — Ian, Simone, and James — are brothers (duh), there’s a washboard/fiddler named Farley, and — no joke — a former traveling dice player named Christmas.  They did Bonnaroo this year and are making the folk fest rounds now, including Newport.  Like the Weary Boys before them, these guys okay this stuff straight-up, with a serious love and tenderness, but with all of the energy of a great punk band.  Here they are doing “Division St.” into Jimmie Rodgers’ “T For Texas.”  


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