BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History


In the first episode of this series, you got to hear about how BJ Barham turns uncomfortable conversations about the dark parts of Southern history into songs, about racial and class divides, how influential Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are to his music, and about how things stand for American Aquarium and in the music business more generally during the coronavirus pandemic. But we left a lot on the table, including much of my conversation with Tyler Boone, who has a new single out, and lots more from BJ Barham, including producer Shooter Jennings as the band’s Bigfoot, and more insight into the culture and politics of the South. All that and more on this episode of Southern Songs and Stories.

BJ Barham of the Raleigh, NC band American Aquarium

BJ Barham of the Raleigh, NC band American Aquarium

American Aquarium songs heard in this episode:

“Before The Dogwood Blooms” from Lamentations (excerpt)

”Brightleaf + Burley” from Lamentations

“The Long Haul” from Lamentations (excerpt)

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