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American Aquarium will play at The Black Sheep

By: ALLI SANDS Special to The Gazette
January 28, 2014 Updated: January 28, 2014 at 9:20 am
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photo - American Aquarium, including BJ Barham, center,  play during Malarkey Gras at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh Saturday August 21, 2010.  ETHAN HYMAN - ehyman@newsobserver.com
American Aquarium, including BJ Barham, center, play during Malarkey Gras at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh Saturday August 21, 2010. ETHAN HYMAN - ehyman@newsobserver.com 

Raleigh, N.C., band American Aquarium will bring its self-described "lyric-based, honest Southern rock 'n' roll" sound to The Black Sheep on Thursday in an opening act for Cody Canada and The Departed.

The Americana group has logged more than 200 shows in the past three years, giving the rockers a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the South. But American Aquarium vocalist BJ Barham says he wouldn't have it any other way: "I am a gypsy at heart, so I love the constant motion. Getting to see all the nooks and crannies of this country is one of the perks that keep me going."

As another testament to the group's work ethic, American Aquarium released seven albums and EPs in just six years. The band's latest album, "Burn. Flicker. Die.," was released in 2013 and recorded in legendary Muscle Shoals, Ala.

"You look at the music that has come out of (Muscle Shoals), and you imagine it is the coolest town ever, but in reality, it's just a really small, poverty-stricken Southern town . that just so happens to continuously produce amazing music," says Barham.

The vocalist credits both the city's "mojo" and the innovative spirit of his band in influencing the record's outcome.

"We are constantly creating," he says. "We kinda push each other constantly to get better at the craft."

american aquarium

With Cody Canada and The Departed

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30

Where: The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Tickets: $12, $14 day of; 227-7625, black sheeprocks.com.

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