Best known as the frontman of North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium, singer/songwriter B.J. Barham has spent much of his career delivering rugged, earthy roots rock in the vein of Whiskeytown and Drive-by Truckers. A native of Reidsville, North Carolina, Barham formed the group in 2005 and, over the course of a decade, built American Aquarium’s reputation from regional up-and-comers to acclaimed, internationally recognized act thanks to records like 2012’s Jason Isbell-produced Burn. Flicker. Die. and 2015’s Wolves. Inspired by the November 2015 terrorist attacks at a Parisian nightclub, Barham — who was, at the time, on tour in nearby Belgium — quickly wrote a new batch of acoustic-led songs that would eventually become Rockingham, his solo debut. In early 2016, with co-producer Bradley Cook, he and a handpicked crew of musicians recorded the new material in a couple of marathon sessions. The album was released later that year, earning positive reviews. Barham toured as a solo act as well, hitting all 48 states in the continental United States during the spring and summer of 2017.

American Aquarium has been touring extensively in support of their latest release Things Change, 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 and instantly relatable, the album is an introspective reflection of personal growth and change, which also touches on the current social climate in our country. Produced by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter John Fulbright, 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 building a loyal fan base and selling thousands of records on their own. American Aquarium recently made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly and their music has received praise from press including NPR Music, Billboard, Associated Press, American Songwriter and Rolling Stone who says, “‘Things Change’ is an unabashed rock & roll record – a snapshot of a band and its reinvigorated leader.”

Raised on the music of the Smokey Mountains, Joshua Ray Walker took a precarious path back to traditional country music; one forged by musical exploration and life experiences that most his age have not yet endured. He has played his songs on stages all across Texas and beyond, enthralling listeners with his brand of melodic, character-driven writing which puts a new spin on traditional story-telling country. Already with a great deal of buzz, expect his first full-length release in January of 2019 on State Fair Records.