American Beauty is CJ Ramone's third solo album, recorded with the stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and Pete Sosa (Street Dogs). The 12-song effort crackles with the spirit of '76 and a sound and style true to the Ramones. CJ and his band have been on the road a lot since Fat Wreck Chords released his last album, Last Chance to Dance, in 2014. Playing shows with the new generation of bands hasn't been lost on CJ. He lent backing vocals to a track on the last Night Birds album, and now, on his own record, gets contributions from Big Eyes frontwoman Kate Eldridge and the horn section of Mariachi El Bronx.
Ramone explains, "American Beauty is the record I've been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way. I don't think I could have made this record any better.."