Photo Cred – Cal Quinn
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
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American Aquarium will perform at Southgate House Revival on June 19 in support of their upcoming album Things Change, which is set for release on June 1 via New West Records. The band’s seventh studio album is their finest collection of southern rock-n-roll to date and the group’s first release on a label after selling thousands of records on their own. Things Change is a powerful narrative chronicling the last two years as seen through the eyes of front man BJ Barham. Stacked with his signature storytelling, which is deeply personal but instantly relatable, the album was produced by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter John Fulbright and features cameos from Americana standouts including John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Listen to the band’s new song “The World Is On Fire” via American Songwriter here.
Since the release of his highly acclaimed solo album Rockingham (2016), there have been numerous changes in BJ Barham’s life. The previous configuration of American Aquarium, which he helped found in 2006, dissolved last year, allowing him to successfully put together an entirely new lineup last fall. While past members have left indelible marks, the band has always been anchored by the literary songs and sometimes roaring, sometimes whispering, drawl of BJ Barham. American Aquarium’s current lineup includes Shane Boeker on lead guitar, drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar, as well as a reinvigorated frontman in Barham, who is in a healthier space, grounded, focused, and excited for continued transformation.
Acclaimed songwriter Travis Meadows will open for American Aquarium on a run of dates this Spring, in support of his latest record, First Cigarette. Rolling Stone Country has praised the album, calling it “equal parts hurt and healing, and one that may linger long after the smoke has cleared,” and the record has also been spotlighted by Associated Press, American Songwriter, Uproxx and more. Overwhelmingly recognized by his peers as a masterful songwriter and unforgettable live performer, Meadows’ incredible personal story and how it has shaped his music is equally powerful. “I’m an orphan who turned into a preacher, a preacher who turned into a songwriter, a songwriter who turned into a drunk, and a drunk that is learning to be a human being,” Meadows says, describing his journey. For further insight into his career, listen to Meadows on NPR Weekend Edition and watch his acoustic performance of “Sideways“, to get an idea of his impressive show.