Friday, July 30, 2010

Late review of XPN Fest in from Ugly Rumors

Saturday ended on an unusual note with The Felice Brothers.  Had you asked me who would likely close the festival’s second day, I’d have guessed the preceding performer, Roseanne Cash.  Regardless, the Brothers brought their homespun roots-rock to a very receptive audience.  Their set featured some of their best known songs from their three wide-release albums, namely “Run Chicken Run,” “Whiskey In My Whiskey,” and “Greatest Show On Earth.”  During their signature tune, “Frankie’s Gun!,” leader Ian Felice mixed up some of the lyrics.  All was forgiven, of course, and the band pressed on with the crowd’s support right behind them.  Though the band has completely nailed the sound of The Band‘s peak days, they have yet to deliver their career-defining material.  Still, it’s great to see a young band met with the reception usually reserved for long-established superstars.