American Aquarium are back – and there’s something fishy about the new line-up

Tbh it’s just changed but that’s only the first of many fish related jokes/puns you can expect if we feature them again over the coming months. They are of course named after a line from the Wilco song ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.’ Oh and have a good weekend dear readers. Rolling Stone reports: “As far as album titles go, ‘Things Change’ would seem to be an understatement for American Aquarium. The new LP, due to be released June 1st through New West Records, sees an entirely revamped lineup behind bandleader BJ Barham.

Originally formed in 2006, American Aquarium announced the dissolution of its former lineup in April of last year. By the fall, Barham — who hit the road in the intervening months for his Great 48 Tour, which hit every state in the contiguous U.S. in 59 days — was touring with a new backing band, including lead guitarist Shane Boeker, drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and pedal-steel guitarist Adam Kurtz.

Those four players joined Barham in studio for the recording of Things Change, the Raleigh, North Carolina, group’s first studio album since 2015’s ‘Wolves’ and first since joining the New West roster. The record was cut in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it was produced by fellow singer-songwriter John Fullbright.

The revamped American Aquarium lineup embarks on a summer tour starting May 24th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. They debuted the updated band during a tour last fall, including their fourth annual Road to Raleigh showcase, where they previewed a handful of new songs like the ferocious ‘Tough Folks.’

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years, although if you go to his Twitter feed it's just one long list of all the things he loves about Jeremy Corbyn, which is irritating. Also likes astronauts.

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