American Boy / American Girl

by Bryan McPherson

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Bryan McPherson was born and raised in Dorchester, MA, an Irish-Catholic neighborhood of Boston known for its tough demeanor and sometimes narrow world view. He grew up exploring music through Boston's punk rock scene, which often reflected the values fostered by his hometown. When it came time to pursue music of his own, however, Bryan found his own road to walk. While his friends bought second-hand half stacks, he got an acoustic guitar. Dorchester's Street Dogs and Pug Uglies often sing about the trials of growing up in that neighborhood. Bryan's lyrics also reflect his upbringing, but from a broader perspective as he explores his place in this world and the struggles of the human race. Bryan's road brought him to folk music: the music of the people.

On Bryan McPherson’s second album, he finds himself in California continuing the story that started in Boston. In American Boy American Girl, Bryan explores the dark underbelly of the American dream. From factories to farmlands, riots to prisons, mountains to dark city streets, Bryan explores this narrative and spits rage in the face of those who oppress, those who would have us be afraid, those who control for their own selfish means. He paints humanity as one group, with "no creed, no class, no nation." The songwriting reveals his punk rock foundation through a lens shaped by Dylan and Guthrie. American Boy American Girl displays Bryan's range and talent, and hints at a future of limitless potential.

Bryan McPherson's songs are protest music at its best. He rails against injustice and inequality, and government in any form that would make subjects of its citizens. Fittingly, American Boy American Girl will be released on April 17, 2012: tax day.

• Bryan McPherson was a major supporter of the "Occupy" movement. He performed at the protest encampments for free alongside Amanda Palmer, Michael Moore, NoFX and Anti-Flag.
• Bryan did a week-long residency as a part of the Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston where he played to an estimated 24,000 people.
• Bryan played a pivotal role in the New York City "Anti-Folk" movement.
• Bryan's reach continues to grow; he recently returned from London where he performed a one-off show in front of a capacity audience.
• American Boy American Girl is Bryan's first collaboration with a label. He sold 2,000 copies of his debut record, 14 Stories, out of the trunk of his car.

"Bryan McPherson came onstage with only his guitar and played a brand of folk music reminiscent of the Dylan-esque intensity of the 60s with Bruce Springsteen-like content focused on the working man and the plight of today's America. Full of passion and heart, it was obvious this wasn't just music to him, but a very personal journey through his own demons."
- The Huffington Post


released 17 April 2012



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