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American Authors' story is still in its early chapters

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Brooklyn's American Authors made a big splash last fall with "The Best Day of My Life," the double-platinum first single from the quartet's debut album "Oh, What a Life."

Now the troupe is working hard to make sure the world knows there's more where that one big hit song came from.

"I think just the fact we got that opportunity is pretty amazing," says frontman Zac Barnett. "People dream their whole lives about getting a song that amounts to any sort of success, let alone the success that 'Best Day of My Life' had, and is still having.

"As far as what comes after, that is what it is. We just continue touring and playing and give it our all. It's all you can really do. It's never a good thing to compare yourself to your first single or to anything else or hold yourselves to any expectations. We just keep doing what we do."

The success has kept American Authors on the road, including a summer stint with OneRepublic and a headlining slot on this fall's Honda Civic Tour (no car, Barnett notes, but there are rumors of the band members getting motorcycles). And he says that the touring is certainly giving he and his bandmates a sense that they are indeed building an audience for music beyond "Best Day of My Life."

"It's great to see that people aren't coming out just for 'Best Day of My Life' -- or 'Believer' or the other singles, either," Barnett says. "They're coming out and singing along to all the songs in the set and just getting really excited about all the music in general, even some of the songs we felt were more album tracks, or the more emotional tracks. 'Home' always gets a great response, and 'Luck.'

"So that's really cool. It's nice to see people knowing the words to all the songs. Even in Europe and foreign countries they know all the words and sing them back to us. We love that."

The Honda Civic Tour with American Authors, the Mowglis and Oh Honey

Tuesday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St. Pontiac.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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