If you’re a fan of the grittier side of Americana, you’ll want to head to The Basement East for an intimate show with celebrated alt-country group American Aquarium. Led by championed singer-songwriter BJ Barham, they’ll take the stage for the first time with their newly-reshuffled lineup. Get there early to hear the fuzzy ’70s inspired grooves from Cordovas, who are known for their killer live sets. A few tickets are still available here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Keep reading for more info on the show and for your chance to win!
North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium has become a staple of the ever-growing Americana scene. Formed in 2006 and led by singer-songwriter BJ Barham, the project has featured a frequently-rotating lineup of players over the years. They consistently released impressive releases before 2012’s Burn. Flicker. Die. earned widespread critical acclaim. Still, that newfound success didn’t change the group’s focus on artistry and staying connected with fans. They’ve released two live albums (2012’s Small Town Hymns and their most recent release, 2016’s Live at Terminal West) that have been praised by their dedicated fanbase.
Barham has been touring in support of his solo LP, Rockingham, for most of the last year. Now, the group is headed back to Nashville with a revamped lineup. This time around, Barham will be accompanied by drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, guitarist Shane Boeker and pedal-steel wonder Adam Kurtz. It’s unclear if new music is on its way anytime soon, but fans will surely hear a wide variety of cuts from their seven LPs.
Since 2011, the Cordovas have been making waves with their rootsy, retro-inspired jams. Joe Firstman, Lucca Soria, Jonny Loyd and Graham Spillman spend a majority of their time on the road, showing off their insane guitar skills and flawless harmonies to adoring crowds. In 2012, they dropped their self-titled debut album, which has since connected with listeners itching for a new take on ’70s southern alt-rock made famous by bands like the Grateful Dead and Little Feat. Fans are still eagerly awaiting the release of their second LP, which was recorded her in Nashville and produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. Make sure you get to the show early to see what all the buzz is about.
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Winner will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
American Aquarium and Cordovas will perform Wednesday, Sept. 27 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.