Monday, August 22, 2016

American Aquarium's BJ Barham returns to Will's for a solo show ahead of his new album, 'Rockingham'

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 9:19 AM

click to enlarge ALYSSE GAFKJEN
  • Alysse Gafkjen
Exceptional North Carolina band American Aquarium has built a legend in the alt-country world, and much of it's been through the live spell of fellowship and soul that radiates from frontman BJ Barham. For a while now, he's really been honing his solo expression on the road, showing a rare ability to grip an entire room just by himself. And as a thankfully regular tour stop, Orlando knows this well. But what's already a remarkably personal and moving experience live will swell with even more occasion this time because he's returning on the wind of his debut solo album, Rockingham, which drops only four days before he arrives. All that up-close heartbreak he's famous for delivering onstage deep into the night has been run through the still and bottled on this blue-collar record. And when Barham comes this time and opens these veins, that whiskey's gonna flow. Making it a very notable all-around bill are local Americana pillar Terri Binion and Justin Osborne of South Carolina alt-country band Susto, who had a stunning Orlando debut early this year opening for Heartless Bastards.

with Terri Binion, Justin Osborne | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | $15-$20

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