The Felice Brothers have put together a selection of tracks comprising unreleased originals and covers, twenty in all and available as a digital only offering for $5 – or as much as you can afford to help fund the purchase of a new tour bus.
God Bless You, Amigo is a collection of home recordings made in the spring of 2012. Due to a cloud of misfortune resembling in part the curse of Rocky Colavito, our home was nearly destroyed by a freak hurricane; our prized and seemingly immutable Winnebago was driven to the ground and mercy shot somewhere in Vermont (long may she stalk the golden highways of heaven); our singer and lead guitarist, Wall Street Panic Snopes, was hospitalized for an acute skin disorder in a foreign hospital; and then in what seemed a perfect finale, all of our amps sizzled out and died during rehearsal upon his return.
This made us go insane with laughter and play our favorite song, “Gulf Of Mexico” – which is also a known aid in exorcism – for what seemed like hours. The old fiddle tune had a strange power over the band, but our management convinced us that releasing a four-hour instrumental was a little too reckless, even for us. After much deliberation we all agreed that we should play more songs along with “Gulf of Mexico.” We all spit in our hands and shook on it. This material consists of eight traditional folk songs and 12 original songs that we’ve always liked, but never had a chance to put on records.
The proceeds from God Bless You, Amigo will go towards a new tour vehicle so that we can come and play your town, or enable us to go into a studio and record a new album (as we have a lot of new material), or to fix our amps. It’s only a $5 download, but you can give more if you are feeling philanthropic.
The release of the single coincides with the brothers’ European tour (with support from AA Bondy.
29th Nov Munich, DE Freiheiz
30th Nov Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp
1st Dec Koln, DE Gloria
2nd Dec Hamburg, DE Ubel & Gefahrlich
3rd Dec Berlin, DE Postbahnhof
5TH Dec London, UK The Macbeth
6th Dec London, UK Koko
7eh Dec Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2
9TH Dec Glasgow, UK ABC
10th Dec Belfast, UK Spring & Airbrake
11th Dec Dublin, IR Academy
12th Dec Birmingham, UK Institute
14th Dec Brussels, BE AB Box
15th Dec Utrecht, NL Tivoli
16th Dec Gronigen, NL Oosterpoort
17th Dec Lelystad, NL Festival Stille Nacht
18th Dec Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje
The wonderful folks at Loose Records are Amazon’s label of the month and this means you can now get hold of there fantastic label sampler which should get you the discerning music lover heading straight to the Loose shop to stock up.
THE FELICE BROTHERS – Fire At The Pageant
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – Take Me
DAWES – Time Spent In Los Angeles
JIM WHITE – Rambler
THE FELICE BROTHERS – Ponzi
JIM WHITE – Speeding Motorcycle
THE HANDSOME FAMILY – Come Outside And See
DAWES – Million Dollar Bill
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – Too Much Of A Good Thing