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Tour News: The Felice Brothers set summer 2008 shows

The Felice Brothers are hitting a bunch of festivals on the summer 2008 tour circuit.

The Felice Brothers are hitting a bunch of festivals on the summer 2008 tour circuit.

Scheduled events include Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, Clearwater Fest, Sneakers & Speakers, Newport Folk, All Points West, Philadelphia Folk and Outside Lands.

Dates, venues and cities include:

June 1, 2008: Mountain Jam, Hunter, N.Y.

June 9, 2008: Ram's Head, Annapolis, Md.

June 10, 2008: Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, Washington, D.C.

June 12, 2008: Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn.

June 22, 2008: Clearwater Festival-Great Hudson River Revival, Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y.

July 19, 2008: Sneakers and Speakers at Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, N.H.

Aug. 2, 2008: Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I.

Aug. 9, 2008: All Points West Music and Art Festival, New York

Aug. 14 and Aug. 16, 2008: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Schwenksville, Pa.

Aug. 22, 2008: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco

In spring 2007, the Felice Brothers released their first recording, Tonight at the Arizona, on Loose Records in the U.K. The band have spent 2008 on tour with everyone from Sun Volt, the Drive By Truckers, North Mississippi All Stars, Justin Townes Earle and Man Man and signed to Team Love Records.

Simone (vocals, drums, guitar), Ian (vocals, guitars, piano) and James (vocals, accordion, organ, piano, strings) Felice are the three eldest boys from a family of seven, born carpenter's sons in the wilds of New York's Catskill Mountains. Less than a year ago, the Brothers adopted a runaway dice-thrower and chancer, a 19-year-old called Christmas.

Now the Felice Brothers, including blood brothers Christmas (bass) and Farley (washboard, fiddle, harmonica and vocals), all live, tour, sing, write and gamble together on their little 1987 special education bus converted to a tour bus. Their distinct brand of songwriting and the lawless sound they've forged has earned them comparisons to Woody Guthrie, a young Springsteen to the Scorsese film Gangs of New York. The boys now travel the world performing homegrown and gritty Americana on the city stages as if they were hosting a sing-along on their own front porch surrounded by family and friends or playing the backroom of a dusty tavern.