The Felice Brothers / Pokey LaFarge and The South City 3
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Cost: $9 - $11
- Age limit: All ages
The Felice Brothers are a sibling trio (plus one) from New York City. Signed to Conor Obert's Team Love Records for their latest LP "Yonder Is the Clock," the group started out playing NYC subways. Referencing the troubadour sensibilities of Bob Dylan, the group writes on the same yellowed page as modern groups like the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show. Ranging from melancholy twang to train-beat country, the group puts on a hell of a show.
If Pokey LaFarge had been born in the early 1900s, his steam-engine folk tunes probably would have ended up on Smithsonian Folkways compilations. The St. Louis-based solo performer kicks it super old-school-like '20s style-with a style influenced by long-dead icons like Jimmie Rogers and Rev. Gary Davis. His driving thumb-and-index-finger guitar picking mimics old barrelhouse pianists and Delta blues progenitors, and his high-pitched voice would have been perfectly suited to a scratchy 78rpm record.