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At 4:15 PM each Tuesday, WERS brings you our On The Verge segment which highlights an artist we think is up-and-coming. This week’s artist On The Verge is singer-songwriter and Upstate New Yorker Simone Felice.
Simone Felice started out playing punk and noise-rock at the age of 15 and later gained notoriety as a member of folk rock/country rock group the Felice Brothers alongside his siblings Ian and James. Together they received international praise for their albums Tonight at the Arizona, The Felice Brothers and Yonder is the Clock. Such critical acclaim earned them appearances at a variety of festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo and Pete Seeger’s annual Clearwater Festival.
In 2009 Simone left the Felice Brothers to pursue other projects. This included The Duke & The King, a duo he formed with Robert “Bird” Burke that received critical acclaim for their debut album Nothing Gold Can Stay. In addition, Felice has proven himself to be an accomplished author, having released his first collection of poems and vignettes at age 22 as well as a novel about an Iraqi veteran blinded in action titled Black Jesus.
Last April Felice found continued critical success with the release his self-titled solo debut, which British magazineUncut named one of the 75 Best Albums of 2012. The record displays a knack for emotional story telling and features contributions from Felice’s brothers and members of Mumford & Sons. Since releasing Simone Felice the Catskill Mountain native has played shows with Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and Dawes. He will also go on a tour of Europe with Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst later this month.
Tune in this Tuesday at 4:15 pm to hear an exclusive in-studio performance and interview from Simone Felice only on 88.9 WERS.