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Simone Felice On World Cafe | May 1, 2012

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Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs. Inspired by two near-death experiences, Felice's solo debut is a meditation on life and death, but it's hardly his first foray into heavy subject matter: He's written poetry, published novels and played in several bands, including The Felice Brothers and The Duke and the King. It wasn't until he had a heart attack at 33, though, that Felice realized he needed to swallow his self-doubt and go solo.

On today's episode of World Cafe, Felice discusses his heart attack, the birth of his first child one month later, and the way harrowing experiences fit into and inspired his music. Felice's previous projects should be familiar to listeners, but his self-titled solo album is unlike anything he's recorded before. Simone Felice revels in the quiet strength of Felice's storytelling and, in its exploration of death, celebrates life. (link)


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The Felice Brothers "Run Chicken Run" Yonder Is the Clock
Wilco "Dawned on Me" The Whole World
The Head & the Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head & the Heart
((Simone Felice "Charade" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Simone Felice "Hey Bobby Ray" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Simone Felice "Charade" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Simone Felice "If You Ever Get Famous" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Felice Brothers "Wonderful Life" The Felice Brothers))
Tegan & Sara "Back in Your Head" The Con
White Rabbits "Temporary" Milk Famous
The War on Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient
((The Felice Brothers "Helen Fry" The Felice Brothers))


The Pretenders "Time the Avenger" Learning to Crawl
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe
REM "Pretty Persuasion" Reckoning
Grant McClennan "Black Mule" Watershed
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
((Bob Dylan "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" Bringing It All Back Home))
Adele "Make You Feel My Love" Chimes of Freedom
Bob Dylan "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" Blood on the Tracks
Dry the River "New Ceremony" Shallow Bed
Nada Surf "Whose Authority" Lucky
((The Revelations "Heavy Metal" Deep Soul))
Lee Fields & The Expressions "Faithful Man" Faithful Man
Al Green "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" Let's Stay Together
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
((The Who "Summertime Blues" Then And Now))

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