PHILADELPHIA, PA – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names The Felice Brothers as its September Artist To Watch. Host Jim McGuinn will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Tuesday, September 2 in the 4 p.m. hour.
The Felice Brothers feature Ian Felice (vocals, guitar, piano), James Felice (vocals, accordion, organ, piano), Simone Felice (drums, guitar, vocals), Christmas (bass), and Farley (washboard). Hailing from upstate New York, the sound of these contemporary folk singer-songwriters is reminiscent of music from Townes Van Zandt, the Avett Brothers, and '60s folk-rockers like Bob Dylan and the Band.
The Felice Brothers released their self-titled debut last March on Team Love Records, the label started by Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). Their interview with David Dye recorded at the Philadelphia Folks Festival will be featured on NPR’s World Cafe this fall. The Felice Brothers will perform in the Philadelphia area again in October.
“We've fallen in love with The Felice Brothers' raggedy country-folk-rock and so have our listeners,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. “The Catskill quintet recalls moments of The Band and Dylan back in the era of Big Pink however The Felice Brothers bring their own rough and tumble love of American roots music to the mix including gospel and blues.”
For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit XPN.org.
The XPN Artists To Watch series reflects WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN 2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org and XPoNentialMusic.org.