Astrograss

Astrograss

BandAmericanaBluegrass

Inter-galactic Post-Prog Alt.Newrage music performed by a stringband. In other words: NEWGRASS FROM NEWYORK

Biography

In its less-than-two-year existence, Astrograss has moved to the forefront of New York’s lively acoustic music and bluegrass scene. The band’s self-titled debut album, to be released in February 2005, showcases its unique sound: earthy, bluegrass-inspired yet decidedly un-twangy, and equally passionate in its vocal harmonies as in its surging improvisations. In concert, Astrograss wows audiences with an eclectic yet solidly rooted mix of original material, choice covers ranging from Jimmy Webb to Guns n’ Roses, and an occasional foot-stompin’, “yee-haw”-inspiring fiddle hoedown.

Astrograss has performed in New York venues such as BB King’s Blues Club, The Mercury Lounge, and the Rodeo Bar, in addition to regular gigs at New York’s home of bluegrass, the Parkside Lounge. In June 2004, the band undertook a tour of the Midwest, culminating with two sets at the highly esteemed Appalachian Uprising bluegrass festival in Ohio. In addition to club and festival appearances, Astrograss has become sought-after for private and corporate events and weddings. Most recently, the band has begun a highly successful series of free, bi-weekly children’s performances at NY Perks in Brooklyn.

Astrograss was formed in summer 2003 when Jordan Shapiro recruited three top-shelf New York-area musicians (Kiah, Grubner, and Lichtman) to play music he had been writing over the last few years. Collectively, the band members' resumes include performances and collaborations with Eddie Palmieri, Phish's Mike Gordon, the Key West Symphony Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz, Henry Threadgill, and Zappa vocalists Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock.

Lyrics

The TV Set

Written By: Lyrics: Joe Grossman (BMI) Music: Jordan Shapiro (BMI)

The TV Set
Music by Jordan Shapiro (BMI) Lyrics by Joe Grossman (BMI)

[Julie:]
should have been me on the air
should have been me on the tv set
so kill that bitch with the hair
kill that bitch with no business up there
my skin is glowy and light
her face is pockmarked red
I'll be a star tonight
I know I must be right
I'll watch her fall like lead

[her good conscious:]
Julie, Julie, you're bitter
You must know that you're wrong
You've been lonely for far too long
beauty, beauty is bitter
You can't give her enough
She can see that you're not that tough

[Julie:]
you'll see that I'll have a name
you'll see it's me on the tv set
so don't tell me about fame
don't tell me I can't play in your game
who doesn't want to be me?
who wants to be like you?
I am the thing to see
I am the place to be
I'm everything that's new

[her good conscious:]
Julie, Julie, you're bitter
You must know that you're wrong
You've been lonely for far too long
beauty, beauty is bitter
You can't give her enough
She can see that you're not that rough

[Julie:]
stop all your preachin' you're faker than me
I'm made of diamonds and smiles
I will rise, when all the rest are breathless
I will run wild for miles

[her good conscious:]
Julie, Julie you're crying
all your talk is in vain
don't you see that your style is plain
Julie, Julie, you're falling
we can help you find out
that your strength is not in your doubt

[Julie:]
everyone knows who I am
everyone watches the TV set

Discography

Astrograss - Astrograss (debut CD)