American Beauties

American Beauties

 Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkRock

American Beauties is an original independent folk-rock and folk-pop band from Somerville, Massachusetts. The music is reminiscent of the LA, San Francsico, and East Coast folk-rock bands of the late 1960's and early 1970's and mixes both contemporary and roots influences.

Biography

American Beauties was formed in 2011 by a group of musicians from the vibrant roots music scene in Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts.   The band showcases the original compositions of lead singer and songwriter Michael Gray whose songs convey folk, pop, country, and rock influences in the vein of The Byrds, CSNY, The Band, and more contemporary artists such as The Jayhawks and Wilco.

American Beauties released their debut CD "Too Worn To Mend" in October 2012.   The album was recorded at Ice Station Zebra in Medford, Massachusetts by two-time Grammy-award winning engineer Ducky Carlisle (Buddy Guy), who also co-produced the record.  The full-length CD includes eleven original radio-friendly compositions of folk-rock and folk-pop honoring the band's musical influences.  Recording for their sophomore full-length record is currently underway and is due for release in 2016.  

Too Worn To Mend was added and has received radio airplay on over 160 college and independent radio stations in the US, Canada, and the UK; charting in the CMJ top 30 on 10 stations and reaching No. 1 at WVIA 88.9 (NPR Affiliate) in Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA.  It has also received local airplay on WMBR 88.1 (MIT Boston), WATD 95.9 (Marshfield), among other Boston area and New England based radio stations.  The album continues to receive regular airplay on internet radio and has been played on many notable online stations across the globe.  Since its release in 2012, all eleven compositions on "Too Worn To Mend" have been selected independently for radio airplay by the many stations who reviewed and added the record for broadcast.  The band also signed sync and master licensing agreements with 16 cable TV shows in 2013 to use music from "Too Worn To Mend" for their programming.       

The band has played many local Boston-area clubs such as The Plough and Stars, Sally O'Brien's Bar, Atwood's Tavern, TT The Bears Place, and Bull McCabe's to name a few and has travelled to notable venues around New England including The Radio Bean in Burlington, VT and The Sandywoods Center For The Arts in Tiverton, RI.  They have also played many festivals around the Northeastern United States including the 2015 Black Potatoe Music Festival, 2013 Wachusett Valley Music Festival (which featured headliner Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls), the 2014 MOVE Music Festival, 2014 Harvard Square Oktoberfest, and 2015 Block Island Music Festival among others.         

American Beauties play an all-original and all-electric live show, but are also available to play acoustic sets for certain performances.

Lyrics

Miles From Nowhere

Written By: MA Gray

I'm a thousand miles away
From where I'd hoped to be
Somewhere east of Eden
Miles from nowhere

I've seen a lot of roads
Many places that I've known
Faded from my thoughts
To a distant memory

I need to fly
Catch the next train out of here
Don't look behind you
The bridge is burning as we speak

I'm a native son
I was born to wander some
But my feet feel like they've run
From her to Anchorage

Oh sweet one
I’ll always be your one and done
I can promise only once
That I'll always be there

I need to fly
Catch the next train out of here
Don't look behind you
The bridge is burning as we speak

Been away so long
I call the road my home
Drifting town to town
Like a wayward stranger

I'm a foolish one
I push away the things I love
Till another comes along
when I'm sad and lonely

I need to fly
Gotta catch the next train out of here
Don't look behind you
The bridge is burning as we speak

Farewell true love
Our time is all gone
Another goodbye song
For the tired and weary

I'm a thousand miles away
From where I need to be
One day I'll rest in peace
When I finally get there

Tell Me That You Love Me

Written By: MA Gray

Here we are in the end
Looking over fettered days
No idea what they meant

Frozen by the years that we shared
Growing too familiar
Forgetting what we had together

On the wrong side
Of a wayward memory
Won't you look me in the eyes and
Tell me that you love me

Where do we go from here
Too late for starting over
No way to disappear

Trapped in a maze of regret
It all seems so peculiar
How can good things go so bad

On the wrong side
Of a jaded memory
Won't you look me in the eyes and
Tell me that you love me
Look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me
Look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me

On A String

Written By: MA Gray

One day you'll rise off into the sky
A trail of broken pieces left behind
Shadows crashing down on sun-splattered miles
Now would be the time for you to fly

If you go will that be the end
Suppose I never see you here again
Our days together are fewer to spend
Tattered bits of time too worn to mend

These hazy days
Have got you on a string
Walkin' on a thin line
Regretting everything
Out in to the cold rain
Scattered by the wind
These crazy days
Have got you on a string
These hazy days

Grace Under Fire

Written By: MA Gray

I found grace under fire
I found love an unlikely place
I found not what I was after
But I was fortunate, just to find my way

In the garden
In the moonlight
In the rust of the evening sky
I saw clearly for the first time
In your hands, in your grace's eye

I looked over the big broad valley
I looked for some where to cross
I looked foolish on my hands and knees
But I got there, at any cost

In the garden
In the moonlight
In the rust of the evening sky
I saw clearly for the first time
In your hands, in your grace's eye

I shouted down from the mountain
I shouted out to you there
Shouted so loud you couldn't hear me
Now I'm bound to join you there

In the garden
In the moonlight
In the rust of the evening sky
I saw clearly for the first time
In your hands, in your grace's eye

Gone Gone

Written By: MA Gray

It's a long way home
Believe me I'm so far gone
May take me years
But someday I won't feel so alone

Gonna take some time
Take some reflection
So many years I loved you
Now you're somewhere I can't find

It's a long, long day
To think about you gone, gone
Nobody expects to know
What's coming down that lonesome road

Gonna take some time
To shed the tears I'd saved from
So many years in love
Now you're somewhere I can't find

Photographs take me there to you
There I see the future in your eyes
But the future left me
Without you in my life
Not sure if that is something
I can ever hope to hide

If I go away
Find a new direction
Look for something other
Than this broken heart of mine

It won't bring you back
You'll still just be gone, gone
So many years I loved you
No we're somewhere I can't find

Memories take me there to you
There I see the future in your eyes
But the future left me
Without you in my life
Not sure if that is something
I can ever hope to hide

Hole In My Lung

Written By: MA Gray

Listen to the rhythm
of the pouring rain
It's been raining such a long, long, time
Gonna pull up anchor on a great big ark
Go floatin' cross the ocean with some friends of mine
Next time, I'm gonna bring a paddle

Looking at the River overflowing her banks
Miles and miles of water through the fields today
Seems like yesterday I just dug out
Now the water's even higher than the top of my house
Next time, I'm gonna build it higher

Well the earth keeps spinning and the temperature is rising
We keep pretending there's nothing wrong
While the rain keeps falling and the river keeps rising
Sun keeps burning through this hole in my lung

Sun so hot in the summer sky
Burning right through you like a nuclear fire
Don't remember days when the sun's so hot
Gonna crawl inside a closet to keep the light out
Next time, we ought to burn cleaner

Walking through the valley with my respirator on
Gonna keep on moving, gonna get in my car
Air's so thick like a layer of soot
Coughing up my lungs, but I need another smoke
Next time, I'm going to buy a carton

Well the earth keeps spinning and the temperature is rising
We keep pretending there's nothing wrong
While the rain keeps falling and the river keeps a rising
Sun keeps burning through this hole in my lung

Listen to the rhythm
of the pouring rain
It's been raining such a long, long, time
Gonna pull up anchor on a great big ark
Go floatin' cross the ocean with some friends of mine
Next time, I'm gonna bring a paddle

Discography

Too Worn To Mend (October 2012)

Set List

All original folk-rock and folk-pop songs written by M. A. Gray and performed by American Beauties.