Sunday night in beautiful Hamilton, NY at Good Nature Farm Brewery, the Felice Brothers drove on over from the Hudson area and put on a rollicking show for a great crowd. It was the perfect late summer evening as The Old Main warmed up the crowd enjoying the sun in the courtyard. Diana Demuth played a beautiful short set as well before turning the stage over to The Felice Brothers.
Ian (guitar) and James (organ, accordion) are the brothers that make up this rootsy Americana four-piece band. Both brothers are at the top of their game in songwriting. Each tune uncovers the beauty and horrors of modern life; James can leave you swooning with a ballad while Ian can channel The Band and touch your heart with the poetry of a laid back folk song and the next minute shred through a barnburner, trading licks with his brother.
The set started with some of the songs off their new album Undressed, “Salvation Army Girl” and “The Kid” were huge crowd pleasers. The band had a magnetic draw and the audience crept forward during the night and was fully dancing and rocking away as The Felice Brothers dove into some of their older material like “Whiskey In My Whiskey.” They closed the night with two encores: “White Limousine,” which is an absolute ripper, was followed by “Frankie’s Gun,” a fan favorite from their self-titled album. James Felice said of the night, “I feel a close connection with the people of Upstate, where we were born and raised. We play all over the world, but nothing beats home. It’s just an honor people come see us play, whether it’s for thousands or just a room of ten.”
The Felice Brothers have 13 albums and are on numerous soundtracks. With the songwriting ability, fun stage presence, hysterical banter with the audience and ability to perform in any space, these rockers have had a great career that can only keep getting better. The sound at Good Nature Brewery was on point and the band was exceptionally tight all night. Folks enjoyed craft beer and wine and incredible food, and old fans were smiling the night away while the band made many new fans, especially with returning Colgate University students moving back to campus enjoying the show. It was a great night and the first time they had played this new venue, but hopefully they will be back again soon. Ian Felice said after the show, “We love this place, the folks treated us great and it was a fun crowd. We love finding new places!”