Graydon James & the Young Novelists

Graydon James & the Young Novelists

 
Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkRock

Folk enough for singalongs, rock enough for stomping good times. Vue Weekly said of their latest album: "Good old-fashioned musical talent that combines soaring three-part harmonies, a host of instruments and storytelling." And Exclaim! called their previous EP "a work of unpretentious brilliance."

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Biography

In the span of four fast-paced years Graydon James & the Young Novelists have won a Galaxie Rising Star award, toured extensively throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and British Columbia, and played numerous festivals (including the Mariposa Folk Festival, Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Burlington Sound of Music festival, OtherFolk, Niagara's In The Soil festival). They have shared the stage with such iconic artists as Lowest of the Low, Cuff the Duke, the Wilderness of Manitoba, NQ Arbuckle, Craig Cardiff, and Peter Katz. In and amongst it all they have released three albums that have all been warmly received by audiences and critics alike.

Their first EP, a small town eulogy, was released in April 2011 and was hailed as a work of unpretentious brilliance by Exclaim! Magazine. During the tour to support the EP's release they recorded a live album, live at dublin st. church, which was released in November 2011. Shortly thereafter they went into the studio with producer Chris Stringer (Ohbijou, Timber Timbre) to record their first full-length studio album with assistance from a FACTOR recording grant.

Released in September 2012, in the year you were born showcased the Young Novelists' hard-earned, road-tested musicianship but also pushed the band's boundaries, adding new textures and instrumentation including string arrangements by Jaron Freeman-Fox (The Opposite of Everything). The combination of warm harmonies layered over deftly wry lyrics and intricate arrangements received critical praise and exceptional reviews. Vue Weekly said, [No] gimmicks or studio trickery here, just good old-fashioned musical talent that combines soaring three-part harmonies, a host of instruments and storytelling to create an end result that emotes and entertains.

Equally at home on a festival stage or playing a full-band house concert, Graydon James & the Young Novelists have played every kind of venue from small house concerts to the storied stage of The Horseshoe Tavern, from The Neptune Theatre in Halifax to Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. The band is flexible and talented enough to play roots-rock barnstormers and heartfelt folk ballads with equal parts craft and care, capable of dynamic shifts that keep audiences enchanted and entertained. Underneath it all are the songs, whether they are about love or loss, the tragedies of high school, the joys of parenthood, small town dreams, or big city truths, they are the connection between the musicians and the audience.

Every show is a new story to be shared and a new voice added to the sing-along choruses.

Lyrics

alyson, everything i know is wrong

Written By: graydon james

verse: G Am C C
chorus: Bm G D G Bm Bm G G D D C

[chorus]
alyson, if you aren't the one
then everything i know is wrong

put your foot down there's always a few
i could be overcome & so could you
we're grown but we're still young
you're one in a million
& i am a million to one

[ch]

[instr. verse]

[repeat 1st chorus]
alyson, the damage is done
now every chance i had is gone

older bros. never listen

Written By: graydon james

verse: G riff
chorus: D B7 C G
bridge: (C G) x2 C Cm B7 A7 Am

hey brother mine we've got sad smiles in these old pics
i'm sure we're fine we just need girls to check our wrists

[chorus]
i'm telling you time is slipping away

oh brother mine you pulled up stakes & put them back
spent your last time paying off your heart attack
i'm growing up & making waves & looking smug
you're showing up & your grave is freshly dug

[ch]

[bridge]
dear brother you've got to hold on
i miss you most when you are gone
i need your love so darling listen when i say...

[ch]

hey brother mine we got so grey so damn fast
back in grade nine we didn't bear this heavy past
oh brother mine we're running tied for second last...

[ch] x2

left behind

Written By: graydon james & the young novelists

verse: (F# F# B F# F#) x2 F# F# B B G#m F# F# x2
chorus: (C#m C#m G#m F# F# F# F#) x2
C#m C#m G#m F# B B Bdim Bdim F# (hold)
bridge: (F# F# B F# F#) x4 (F# F# B B) x4
(F# F# G#m/B B) to drum crash out

oh dear why won't you try?
new year's when you said goodbye
& down here there's a crowd they're young &
they're proud tonight
& one tear for each mistake, you're wrong & you
can't make it right

[ch]
& i can't understand
& now you can't defend
how you could end your life
& i am left behind

oh dear what does it take?
right here there's an endless ache
& small hurts that i made but i am afraid to break
what words? they're only part. the sound that my
heart still makes

[ch]

[instr. bridge]
E E A E E x4
E A x4
E E F#m/A A (repeat to drum crash out)

[repeat last verse]

standing still

Written By: graydon james & the young novelists

STANDING STILL

verse: C Am x4 F Fm
pre-chorus: C G Am F
chorus: C Am

the day may come when i do not recall
the little push, the tumble or the fall
but twice i looked & twice i saw you
twice i looked & twice i saw you
twice i looked...& you looked too
& did you sing me note for note?
or see my heart was in my throat?

[pre]
oh i have never been the type
to take a chance, the moment ripe
i'm locked inside, i try to try
i had to watch you pass me by & i...

[ch]
i'm standing still...i'm standing still

when all we had was new we knew at last
we'll build upon the ruins of the past
& once i spoke & once you held me
once i spoke & once you held me
once i spoke...& then i knew
that words would always come between
what was said & what it means

[pre]
oh i could hardly stand the break
& watch you make the same mistake
you don't recall you made at all
i'll never let you see me fall cause i...

[ch]

the day may come when i do not recall

i was a young man's son

Written By: graydon james & the young novelists

I WAS A YOUNG MAN'S SON

verse(6 count): C G
pre-chorus: (Am Em) x2 Am C
chorus: G Bdim C C
bridge: G G D D Em Em C C (G D Em Em) x2 G D Em C

kentucky stole my soul & nothing can bring it back
you give me everything you owe. you owe me a second act

[pre-chorus]
oh someday they will sell my grave
another acre they will pave & i need somebody to save me

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2

the river, like the heart you break
forever takes the same old path
mistakes any man could make my father couldn't do the math

[pre]
& someday they will sell my name
every acre stays the same. i don't need anyone to blame me

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2
the work here is never done

[bridge]
& we will stay true & pay all our dues
but if our best can't make it last
well my old man's already passed
i hope my children never ask
why their old man is always living in the past

[chorus]
oh i was a young man's son x2
the work here is never done
we work through the setting sun
these fields never get full grown
but i've got a son of my own

Discography

in the year you were born (september 2012)
live at dublin st. church (november 2011)
a small town eulogy ep (april 2011)
goodnight, young novelist (august 2009)

Set List

Sets range widely from 20 minutes to 3 hours of original music; from 1 set to 3 sets over the course of an evening. Covers are rare, and are most likely from The Band, The Beatles, Tom Petty, or similar artists.