American Aquarium

American Aquarium

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“At a time when so many bands are busy dicking around with art school interpretations of roots music, trying to reinvent the wheelbarrow and create an avant-garde Americana revolution, it’s refreshing to hear American Aquarium throw a fastball right down the middle.”
-No Depression

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“At a time when so many bands are busy dicking around with art school interpretations of roots music, trying to reinvent the wheelbarrow and create an avant-garde Americana revolution, it’s refreshing to hear American Aquarium throw a fastball right down the middle.”
-No Depression

“As director of the conference and festival, you can only imagine how exhausted I was by midnight on Saturday. Yet, I found myself at The Basement just in time for American Aquarium's set. I was blown away…..It was the icing on the cake for me!”
-Danna Strong Americana Music Association Festival/Nashville, TN

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.

26-year old songwriter and bandleader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the four other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries.

With 4 years, 5 albums, and well over 600 shows under their belts, American Aquarium is the continuance of the road warrior meets studio craftsman ethic that has long been a part of the rock & roll and country music cultures. They are a band and crew that spend most of their lives between a van on the road and stages all across the country. Their collaboration forms a wholly new and polished version of what Americana might start to look like in the years to come.

Discography

Small Town Hymns (2010, Last Chance Records)
Dances for the Lonely (2009, Last Chance Records)
The Bible and The Bottle (2008, Independent)
Bones EP (2008, Independent)
Antique Hearts (2006, Independent)

Set List

American Aquarium has a catalogue of over 70 original songs and can play anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours comfortably. American Aquarium is an original music act and does not do cover sets. However, the band has been known to cover notable Bruce Springsteen songs like, "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road".