American Opera, the creation of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, will release the debut full-length album “Small Victories” on June 30 .
A new song titled “Monsters Among Men” is premiering on Paste Magazine Stream here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/05/american-opera-releases-new-track-monsters-among-men-off-debut-album-small-victories.html.
Bee tells Paste, “This is a song about getting older while trying to stay true to who you were when you were young. I was raised in the church. Three things happened in my life that made me question everything I ever believed. My friend took his own life, my cousin’s life was taken from him, and the Sandy Hook shooting. I still don’t know what to believe. But I know what I want to believe.”
Most recently seen at SXSW and on tour with Carter Hulsey, American Opera will next play a short run of shows starting later this month, culminating with an appearance at Bledfest on May 27 in Howell, MI.
American Opera has toured the U.S. and Canada as both a solo act and with a full band, playing shows with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Cursive, Murder By Death, Owen, and William Elliott Whitmore and on Vans Warped Tour.
Praise for American Opera:
“If there is any hope for the future of acoustic folk music, it lies within the
chest (or brain) of John Bee.” —MidwestAXN
“John Bee has already displayed the kind of musical chops veterans of his
genre hope to possess.”— Under The Gun Review
5/25 – Avenue 209 Coffee – Lock Haven, PA
5/27- Bledfest- Hartland Performing Arts Center- Howell, MI
6/03 Matrix: Midland Festival Midland, MI
1. Small Victories
2. Sand & Seed
3. Sailor’s Song
4. Monsters Among Men
7. Jack Pine
8. Dear Devil
9. An Empty Cup
11. Songs I Used to Sing
About American Opera:
Incremental progress. Monumental setbacks. Small victories. This is the story of American Opera. More than a record, Small Victories is a collection of moments, both devastating and victorious. Ominous nostalgia confronts hopeful reemergence. Sonically, think Manchester Orchestra meets Ryan Adams, Brand New meets Langhorne Slim — polished stones in a bed of gravel and grit. The result is a stunning eleven-song rollercoaster exploring a complete spectrum of emotion and experiences. It is an album of dynamics — a perfect balance of the fragile and explosive. By the end, we’re reminded that sometimes the small victories were all that mattered in the first place — and that the silver linings were not just that after all, but rather small glimpses of a larger hope that can sustain us through even the most miserable of seas.