Born out of a deep running comradery built on countless tours and ties between a host of excellent musicians comes THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR, a traveling show of epic collaboration and good times. Kicking off in Hampton Beach, NH on August 4th, THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR is not your standard up down up down line up. Shows will be composed of two 90-minute sets broken up by an intermission. In a free form ramshackle flow the bands and artists will share the stage, taking part in each other’s songs, resurrecting old standards, and playing newly written collaborative material as they go. Each evening is sure to be a unique experience as they all put their many combined years of musicianship and knowledge of song-craft and American music into play for these sessions.

Ketch Secor from Old Crow speaks of the special relationship these bands have and the parts they’ve played in their own individual journey as musicians. “Seven Years ago when Old Crow first met Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch at the Station Inn in Nashville, we stayed up till dawn singing Stan Rogers songs and playing AC/DC licks. Three weeks later we were making a record. They were that rusted sign at the fork in the road showing OCMS just where it was headed.” With the Felice Brothers as Secor explains it, “with their rockin’ unruliness, we found where we had come from in the first place. Music is a mobius strip, contort all ya want and you’ll keep winding up where you started.” Justin Townes Earle is “looking forward to being on tour with folks that are kindred spirits. We all have similar influences, which will be reflected in the covers we do during the show and our collaborations on stage.” For their part, James Felice reminisces that they’ve “traveled around the country with Justin and Cory (of Justin Townes Earle) playing some pretty bizarre gigs. We couldn’t love those guys more.” “As for Old Crow…” he says, “they cleaned us out playing dice more than once.” Perhaps they’ll get a chance to even the score on these dates.

Borrowing from the title of a Felice Brothers track, THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR will live up to its namesake. As Secor states, the audience should “expect the unexpected!” “Music is wild and not tame” he says, and with this tour the artists involved hope to fully unleash the true and unpredictable spirit of creativity. Heaven knows that combined they have a wealth of it to draw from.

Tour Dates Below:


04 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom
05 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
06 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
09 – Charlottesville, VA @ Charlottesville Pavilion
10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
12 – Louisville, KY @ Waterfront Park
13 – Nashville, TN @ Riverfront Park
14 – Knoxville, TN @ World’s Fair Park

The Felice Brothers in Rolling Stone

Check out their “Back Porch Talk” at the Rolling Stone website.

The Felice Brothers on NOW!

The Felice Brothers are live right now (noon EST) on for one hour on the Live Lunch.

The Felice Brothers midwest + west coast tour, Tilly in Iowa

The Felice Brothers have announced a crop of dates that will take them all the way out west.

Tilly & the Wall will play in Des Moines, Iowa at the 80/35 Festival this July. Read more…

NPR Song of the Day & Billboard Charts for The Felice Brothers

We are so very pleased that The Felice Brothers’ second album, Yonder is the Clock, debuted on the Billboard Charts with the following numbers: #20 on Billboard Top New Artist Chart; #44 on the Independent Chart; and #156 on the Digital Albums Chart. Congratulations boys!

NPR has chosen “Run Chicken Run” from Yonder is the Clock as their song of the day today. Check out their coverage here.

“Run Chicken Run” (mp3)

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The Felice Brothers on the radio

Catch the Felice Brothers on the radio this weekend and celebrate the release of “Yonder is the Clock” (April 7th)!
Friday April 3rd – WXPN Philadelphia - Listen Live at 12pm EST
Saturday April 4th – WFUV – Idiot’s Delight – Listen Live at 8pm EST


Team Love would like to invite you to download and preview the single “Run Chicken Run” from The Felice Brothers forthcoming April 7th release Yonder Is The Clock for FREE. Early reviews have been encouraging, with Uncut magazine among them bestowing a 5 out of 5 star review upon the album, calling it a “boldly brilliant work of protest and rage.”


The Catskill boys are fresh off a couple of raucous (one was so packed the fire department had to come and make sure the crowd was under control) and well-received gigs at SXSW 2009. The Austin American Statesman wrote that their Friday afternoon appearance at the Dirty Dog “showcased the Felice Brothers’ recent artistic strides. Material from the forthcoming masterwork ‘Yonder is the Clock’ both torpedoed hearts and shook homes. Easy highlights like the scattershot country blues ‘Run, Chicken, Run’ and ‘Ambulance Man’ offered brilliant Southern Gothic narratives.” Metromix proclaimed the show “one of the day’s highlights,” and lauded the “gypsy brand of folk-rock, heavy on fiddle, accordion and lurid lyrics.” The Telegraph in London meanwhile deemed the Felice Brothers “the shining new lights of American roots music, a quintet of rabble rousers with a drunken surrealistic spin on jazz, folk, blues and country.” The journalist continued, “I saw them twice yesterday and would watch them twice again today.”

Following a Record Release Show April 7th at the Bardavan Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, The Felice Brothers take to the road for a National headlining tour.

2009 Tour Dates


07 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Bardavan Opera House

09 – Boston, MA – The Paradise

10 – Albany, NY – Valentines

11 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

15 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Bandstand

16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre

17 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

18 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Nightclub

19 – Ringwood, NJ – New Legacy Concert Series at Ringwood Public Library

22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls

24 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s

25 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge

28 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree

29 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar

30 – Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm and Brews


01 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s

02 – Raleigh, NC – Berkeley Café

22 – Lexington, VA – Buffalo Creek Music Festival

23 – Richmond, VA – The National


18 – Somerset, KY – Master Musicians Festival

25 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest