It seems The Felice Brothers have really fled the country. Having abandoned their more rootsy tendencies in favor of the glitzy, glammed out sing-a-long "Ponzi", the band now tackle issues of fame and economy in their city slicking new video for Ponzi. Directed by Ian Cinco.
The Felice Brothers are a folk rock/country rock band from Upstate New York founded in 2006.
The Felice Brothers got their start as a band playing in the New York City subway. The sons of a carpenter, they would play together on Sundays at their father's afternoon barbecues. They stayed in a little apartment in Brooklyn and would play in the subway stations at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village. The three brothers originally hail from Palenville, New York in the Catskill Mountains.
Now they tour the country, traveling in their "Short Bus". Their 2006 self-released debut album was Through These Reins and Gone followed by Tonight At the Arizona released in 2007. Through These Reins and Gone made it onto Radio Woodstock WDST's top 25 albums of 2006. About their album Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol. 1 James Felice said, "We put one record out on an English label, and we've released all the other stuff ourselves" (on their label 'New York Pro'). The Felice Brothers have played at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, New York and also toured with Bright Eyes in the fall of 2007.
The band has five main members: Ian and James Felice, their friend Christmas Clapton, previously a traveling dice player, fiddle player Greg Farley and drummer Dave Turbeville. At other times, they have featured a horn section in the band, composed of local Hudson Valley musicians. Ian is the main vocalist and plays the guitar and piano. James contributes vocals and plays the accordion, organ, and piano. Christmas plays the bass guitar. Simone Felice was the drummer as well as a vocalist and a guitarist.