BJ BARHAM

Psyko Steve Presents

BJ BARHAM

TIMMY THE TEETH, DL MARBLE

Tue, May 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rebel Lounge

Phoenix, AZ

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is 21 and over

BJ BARHAM
BJ BARHAM
For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it's a blessing. American Aquarium's songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there's a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there's the chance of a broken heart. It's that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band's newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.

And it nearly didn't happen. When American Aquarium traveled to Muscle Shoals to record Burn.Flicker.Die. in 2012, they were convinced the album would be their last. Even though they had enlisted the help of award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to produce the sessions, they were exhausted; weathered and whittled to the bone by more than a half-decade of heavy partying and heavier touring. To a small group of diehard fans, they were absolute rockstars… but being rockstars to a cult audience doesn't always put food on your table or gas in your tank. BJ Barham, the band's frontman, was so poor that he'd been living out of a storage unit for months, unable to afford an apartment in the band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clearly, something had to give. Maybe it was time to make one final album — an album about failure, desperation and disillusionment — and then throw in the towel.

As fate would have it, Burn.Flicker.Die. eventually proved itself to be the band's most successful release to date. Critics loved it. Fans rallied behind it. Fast forward 2 years and almost 500 shows later, the band has travelled the world, quadrupled their fan base and reinvented their passion for the road. When the time came to record another album in June 2014, it only made sense to do something that celebrated survival rather than failure.

The result? Wolves, which Barham describes as "the sound of a band firing on all cylinders". Produced by Megafaun's Brad Cook and recorded during a 20-day stay at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Wolves was funded entirely by American Aquarium's diehard fanbase. The album's 10 tracks represent a departure from the band's signature twang. Instead drawing more from the alternative rock sound that inspired their name almost a decade ago. Wolves blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that's fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar. Barham has certainly spent time in all three, but now looks to brighter horizons in these new songs.

"I've always written about being the drunk guy at the bar at 2 a.m.," he admits. "I've written about the pick-up lines and the drinking and the drugs. This record is more personal than that. It's a coming of age record."

It's also a record that reaffirms his faith in American Aquarium, a band he started in 2006. Since that time, more than 25 musicians have passed through the group's ranks. In recent years though, things have felt a lot more stable. Ryan Johnson, Bill Corbin, Whit Wright, Kevin McClain and the newest addition, Colin Dimeo, round out the group, turning Barham's songs into fiery, fleshed-out compositions.

With Wolves, which hit stores in early 2015, American Aquarium is literally bigger and better.

"We were legitimized by Burn.Flicker.Die.," Barham says. "That album was a breakup record with the road. It basically said, 'This is our last album, this is why we're quitting, and hey, thanks for the memories.' Fast-forward, though, and we've got a new record that says, 'We ain't done yet.'"
DL MARBLE
DL MARBLE
Like a backcountry crossroad, the songs and music of singer/songwriter D.L. Marble are a rich tapestry of uniquely American influences unlike that of any modern artist. Like many of the original country stars, D.L.’s music combines the best of several American genres.

With influences ranging from Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wiley Hubbard and Roger Clyne to Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet, the D.L. Marble sound blends Country, Indie Americana, Rock and Blue-Eyed Soul with a heavy dose of vivid storytelling to create a rare sound that appeals across the demographic spectrum while simultaneously growing the loyalty of current fans.

The characters that populate his stories come from a background that is as raw as America itself. Raised by a single mom while his dad spent decades in a Texas prison, D.L. picked up a guitar while attending an Arizona high school and discovered his true calling.

After stints as a successful real estate agent, police officer and housing contractor, D.L. decided to fully commit to his calling. The result was a debut album title “Not the One” that was a critical success – earning an Album of the Year #22 ranking on the 2012 Americana Music Show and a #25 ranking on Alternate Roots Magazine’s 2012 Route 66 Americana Chart.

Following the album’s release, fans tuned into radio stations from Los Angeles to Brooklyn to hear D.L.’s music and his in-studio interviews. And they flocked to venues nationwide to see him perform. During the supporting tour and shows, D.L. and his band crisscrossed the country, in one stretch covering 38 states in 40 days.

He is as comfortable doing an acoustic set in a 50-seat tavern as he is in front of a 10,000 seat stadium, and has shared these various stages with many contemporary country and Americana artists including Joe Nichols, Craig Campbell, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Turnpike Troubadours, Black Berry Smoke, Hayes Carll, Lukas Nelson and POR, David Allen Coe, Josh Abbott Band, John Evans Band, Roger Clyne and the Peace makers, States-burro Review, Band of Heathens, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Cody Canada, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motor Cars and Aaron Watson among others.

D.L. is poised to release his sophomore album to an audience hungry for more real American music. And given the feedback, they won’t be disappointed because well-known industry insiders who have listened to pre-release tracks suggested this could be the breakout album of 2015.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/