The Felice Brothers – Tonight at the Arizona

by oz on October 10, 2007

Felice Brothers Cover Art
The Felice Brothers may actually sound more like Bob Dylan than Bob Dylan does. I started listening to “Roll on Arte,” the first track on Tonight at the Arizona, and it was instantly familiar to me. It could have been Dylan’s lyrics and voice muttering words of hope to a friend as I heard “Roll on Arte, roll on. Your heart’s too good for this town.” It’s a perfect start to a very solid album. Bonus points for coming up with cover art that reminds me of Pale Rider.

While “Roll on Arte” could have been penned by Dylan, I don’t think Bob would have put the words of the follow-up track to paper: “Powder your nose/Pull off your panty hose/Let me love you from behind/My darling.” Despite the seemingly trite lyrics, “Ballad of Lou the Welterweight” is a great song that ambles along at it’s own pace with the encouragement of weathered vocals and acoustic guitar.

There isn’t an absolute standout track, but you won’t find a song to skip on Tonight at the Arizona. The Dylan influence isn’t subtle and on tracks like “Your Belly in My Arms” and “Christmas Song” you may think you’re listening to Cat Stevens, but who really cares?

While some may criticize a band for sounding too much like their predecessors, I think it takes a really good band to write well enough and sing with enough passion to draw comparisons to Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. Like Lou the Welterweight, The Felice Brothers can hold their own.
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The Felice Brothers – Ballad of Lou the Welterweight

The Felice Brothers – “Roll on Arte” Video

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Tour Dates:

ct 10 2007 8:00P
BOWERY BALLROOM / with JASON ISBELL New York, New York
Oct 13 2007 9:00P
THE COLONY: WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL Woostock, New York
Oct 16 2007 8:00P
SOUTHPAW Brooklyn, New York
Oct 27 2007 7:00P
LEVON HELM’S MIDNIGHT RAMBLE Woodstock, New York
Nov 6 2007 8:00P
ORPHEUM THEATRE / with BRIGHT EYES Memphis, Tennessee
Nov 7 2007 8:00P
ALABAMA THEATRE / with BRIGHT EYES Birmingham, Alabama
Nov 8 2007 8:00P
THE PLEX / with BRIGHT EYES Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 9 2007 8:00P
MILLENNIUM CENTER / with BRIGHT EYES Winston Salem, North Carolina
Nov 10 2007 8:00P
THE NORVA / with BRIGHT EYES Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 11 2007 8:00P
DAR CONSTITUTION HALL / with BRIGHT EYES Washington DC, Virginia
Nov 12 2007 8:00P
GRAND OPERA HOUSE / with BRIGHT EYES Wilmington, Delaware
Nov 14 2007 8:00P
MAGIC CITY MUSIC HALL / with BRIGHT EYES Binghamton, New York
Nov 15 2007 8:00P
MAIN STREET ARMORY / with BRIGHT EYES Rochester, New York
Nov 16 2007 8:00P
THE MUSIC HALL / with BRIGHT EYES Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Nov 17 2007 8:00P
LUPO’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL / with BRIGHT EYES Providence, Rhode Island
Nov 18 2007 8:00P
PALLADIUM / with BRIGHT EYES Worcester, Massachusetts
Nov 19 2007 8:00P
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL / with BRIGHT EYES & THURSTON MOORE New York, New York

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody October 11, 2007 at 12:15 pm

I love these guys. Would rather see them than Bright Eyes.

Kozi October 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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Jeremy November 8, 2007 at 9:40 am

I saw The Felice Brothers at The Gibson Showcase Ballroom in Memphis, TN the other night. Not only does the lead Felice sound more like Dylan than Dylan does, but also he has a better stage presence! If Bright Eyes had not even shown up, I would have been fine; The Felice Brothers satisfied me musically. The Brothers are very genial and gregarious; I met them after the show. They love to love their fans. In a word: Extraordinary.

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