Simone Felice Interview
Folk musician Simone Felice recently joined Morning Mix host Joey Spehar to talk about his most recent album Strangers which releases March 25th via Dualtone Records. Strangers is Felice’s second studio album after his self-titled came out in 2012, not too long after The Felice Brothers disbanded.
Simone recorded the entirety of Strangers in the Catskill Mountains with help from a number of his friends and family members, all fellow musicians. The Lumineers, Leah Siegel, and James Felice, Simone’s brother, are all featured on the album with help from Simone’s backing band.
“There’s a certain magic that happens when you’re on the road, especially with your brothers. I do miss that. Over the past two years I’ve been developing a special little trio: me and Matty (Green) and Gabe (Dresdale). It’s become like a real little band and not just players that I bring out. And I feel for the first time since I’ve been a solo artist that I’ve got a special group that are like my brothers in arms.”
Felice wrote and recorded Strangers with producer David Baron who helped to bring a component of stringed instruments and organ arrangements to the album. Baron comes from a family of sound engineers in the Woodstock region of New York, so he has an extensive past of studio experience.
In the interview Joey notices that the songs on Strangers are like old notes and postcards from past lovers or from ourselves that are saved in drawers. Simone Felice agreed and adds,”...our bodies, our hearts, our minds are kind of like a closet. We store all of this stuff, some of it we don’t want to share, some of it we do, sometimes to share it is a medicinal or healing thing. Music has always been that way for me.”
Simone Felice’s album Strangers comes out March 25th and for more on what Felice and Joey spoke about, including Simone’s daughter and the story behind Strangers album artwork check out the full interview below.