Celebrated alt-country group American Aquarium are back in town for a headlining show tonight, Sept. 27 at The Basement East. Singer-songwriter BJ Barham will lead the band’s newly-reshuffled lineup through a mixture of their best cuts. It will all kick off with an opening set from Nashville’s own Cordovas, who are beloved for their stellar live shows and funky, ’70s inspired brand of rock and roll. A handful tickets are still available here, so snag yours and keep reading to find out more about the lineup.
North Carolina alt-country outfit American Aquarium have 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.
American Aquarium and Cordovas will perform tonight, 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.