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LAist Interview: James Felice - The Felice Brothers

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The Felice Brothers are storytellers. No, they're great storytellers. With critics comparing them to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Band, these guys from upstate New York are making quite a name for themselves. Their lovely folk ballads about hardscrabble men and tough-as-nails women are as complex as they are compelling. James Felice, the accordionist in the band and middle Felice Brother, was kind enough to talk to us on Sunday from the road.

So when did you guys decide to form a band?:

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James: We used to play together a lot. But we started getting serious about three years ago. I had just turned 21 and we were all out of work at the same time. None of us had jobs or homes, and really nothing in our lives except for music. I guess we had a discussion about it. I don't really remember.

I heard you guys just picked up and moved to New York City and starting playing at subway stations. Do you have a favorite memory from that?:

James:It’s always a wonderful time in New York City. I just remember playing at these farmer's markets and all these people would start dancing. They didn't know you and didn't care what your band was called, but they would dance anyway. It's a wonderful thing when strangers start dancing to your music.

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