The rich symphonic rock music of Art in America has been compared to Yes and Genesis with a unique, compelling sound. The band features a Lyon and Healy concert harp, along with other unusual instruments such as a Japanese koto and Indian tamboura.
The first Art in America album was produced by former Emerson, Lake & Palmer and YES kingpin Eddy Offord, and progressive music lovers who haven't heard this material, should waste no time downloading this unusual music. Dreamy, yet gripping, this music commands attention for both it's philosophically probing lyrics and entrancing instrumental arrangements. An assist from The Dixie Dregs nimble-fingered keyboardist, T. Lavitz and guitarist extraordinare, Steve Morse lends further embellishments to the album, while the Roger Dean-like jacket illustration by Ioannis should instantly remind consumers of Offord's masterpieces with YES. The album opens with the biting "Art in America" (by Art in America, from Art in America); Shishonee's harp…introduces the song with a shower of glissandos…when the rest of the band comes in, the song firmly establishes its breezy rock intentions. The splashing cymbals and syncopations of Dan's crisp drumming remind me of Big Country's Mark Brzezicki; Chris' guitar tone uses distortion primarily for warmth, not abrasion, but doesn't shy away from it; T. Lavitz's unapologetically synthetic keyboard fills remind me of concept-album era Rush; Chris' voice, is clear and strong, with a subtle, endearing sweetness…Shishonee's harp duels with the other instruments on equal terms, as if it's never occurred to any of them that this plucked string instrument is less well suited for the style than the other ones.” Review by Glenn McDonald
The band's music was first released on CBS/Pavillion records in the mid 80's and then was re-released in 1996 and is available on Amazon. In 2013, the band recorded six new songs at Scott Frankfurt Studio which are now available for purchase on iTUNES.