GOD BLESS YOU AMIGO: THE FELICE BROTHERS HAVE A PLAN

GOD BLESS YOU AMIGO: THE FELICE BROTHERS HAVE A PLAN

Leigh MichaelWednesday,5 December 2012

The Snap:

After being engulfed by a “cloud of misfortune” that left their tour bus buried and dead, the Felice Brothers devised a bold new plan to get the funding for a new one. God Bless You Amigo is a compilation of 20 new songs – 12 are original compositions, 8 are traditional folk songs, and all of them are previously unreleased. For a minimum donation for $10, they are providing the collection via digital download. All proceeds go towards funding a new tour bus.

The Download:

The Felice Brothers seem like east-coast cowboys. Hailing from the Catskills, they got their start playing at barbeques and in subway stations, singing about cocaine busts and bank robberies. I’ve seen them in concert more times than I’m willing to admit, and each time they perform it feels like they should be in a smokey saloon. Despite the fame that has taken them by storm lately, they still seem like a bunch of modest guys who think that any song that doesn’t heavily feature the accordion isn’t worth singing.

I get that some people might think that $10 (or more) is a little bit steep for a digital download. I’ll admit – I thought so too. But as soon as you listen to their iconic earnest croon (case in point here), it’s pretty hard to resist the chance to get your hands on 20 new tracks. After the definite turn towards a more alternative sound in Celebration Florida, it’s refreshing to listen to the Felice Brothers get back to their Dylan-inspired backwoods roots. I applaud them for trying out a new sound, but this compilation seals the deal: indie folk is what they do best.

But there’s more to it than that. This is the kind of band that you want to succeed. And if they need a new Winnebago, I’ll throw them a few bucks.

If you’re still unsure about the price tag.. er, donation.. Rolling Stone Magazine released a free mp3 download of “Lincoln Continental,” which you can find here to get a taste of what the collection has to offer.

Hat Tips:

The Felice Brothers Official Website, Rolling Stone Magazine, Image Credit: Flickr

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