American Beauties is an all-original independent folk-rock and folk-pop band from the thriving indie music scene of Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. The music is reminiscent of the East Coast, LA, and San Francisco folkrock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s and mixes both contemporary and roots influences.
Too Worn To Mend is American Beauties’ debut full-length album release. The songs were written and arranged bysinger-songwriter-guitarist Michael Gray. The record references the band’s many influences, which can be heard in the thoughtful lyrics, layered harmony vocals, and tasteful pop arrangements reminiscent of CSNY, The Byrds, The Band, and more contemporary artists such as Wilco and The Jayhawks.
The record was mixed and recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer Ducky Carlisle (Buddy Guy, Living Proof) at Ice Station Zebra in Medford, MA and was coproduced by Carlisle and Gray. The album was mastered by Roger Siebel (Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie) at SEA Mastering in Phoenix, AZ. Several Boston-area musicians grace the recording, many of whom are local legends of the live stage and studio. The live band is made up of four long-time friends and veteran musicians who perform compelling local club and festival shows as American Beauties.
The record was added and has received radio airplay on over 160 college and independent radio stations in the US and Canada and has charted in the CMJ Top 30 on ten stations; reaching No. 1 at NPR-affiliate WVIA 88.9 in Scranton, PA. It is also receiving regular airplay on several internet radio stations including Wrecking Ball Radio of Chapel Hill, NC and The Penguin out of Asbury Park, NJ.