Their debut album Nothing Gold Can Stay certainly sounds like it was motivated by a few days lost in thought on a raft, with most tracks featuring a lazy, sun-soaked feel and reflective lyrics. The album is at its sweetest with love-laced tracks like Water Spider and Summer Morning Rain, but it truly shines when it tackles deeper issues. Incidentally, one piece of promo material I received with The Duke and the King’s debut declared these twelve songs for summer.
by oz on September 8, 2009. The Duke and The King is the undertaking of Simone Felice (of The Felice Brothers) and his friends Robert Chicken Burke and (Black Jim) Nowell Haskins. The band name comes from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the album title from a Robert Frost poem of the same name and the inspiration from a dark, emotionally heavy winter in which Simone lost a baby girl to a miscarriage
The Duke & The King created an understated gem. Lou Thomas 2009. Simone Felice and Robert 'Chicken' Burke adopted the names of two mischievous characters from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for this album. Based on this alone, fans of the Mark Twain novel may surmise Nothing Gold Can Stay has a certain peripatetic charm and wistful longing; and they'd be right. This tremendous collection of dusty Americana kicks off with If You Ever Get Famous. One More American Song's affecting story of an army veteran reduced to pushing a shopping trolley in the street rounds off the album. Nick Cave and My Morning Jacket are the most obvious touchstones, but Dylan and Leonard Cohen are also brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice and Burke's careful approach. Many great songwriters write about aging, sadness, lost love and thwarted dreams.
Nothing Gold Can Stay is a very different record than anything the Felice Brothers have done. The Felice Brothers, while poetic and brilliant, are ultimately a raucous, roots-rock band, who's records are quite good, but who's production value falls a bit short. Nothing Gold Can Stay is immaculately produced, without losing that certain organic quality that Americana music offers. Also, on a more personal note, I've seen them live and they just destroy. So if you get this album and like it, try and see them live.
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Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample). Most impressive with "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is that it actually sounds like an album, not a collection of unrelated songs. Each song on this album goes together well-seemingly a lost art nowadays.
Nothing Gold Can Stay could hardly have had a sadder origin. Simone Felice, the drummer with the Felice Brothers, had been wondering for a while if it wasn't time for a change when his girlfriend lost the baby they'd been expecting. With the impermanence of life thus shockingly revealed to him, he realised that he had to follow his heart, and that meant leaving the band he had formed with his brothers and finding a new musical direction. Felice hooked up with an old friend, Robert Burke, and the pair headed off into a cabin in the woods with a copy of Huckleberry Finn.
The Duke & The King. Nothing Gold Can Stay.