American Aquarium releases new album Lamentations on out May 1st via New West Records (Pre-order here). The first track “Long Haul” is out now. Its video was filmed during the recording of Lamentations with producer Shooter Jennings at Dave’s Room in North Hollywood, California.
The optimistic track closes the introspective album and is a testament to frontman BJ Barham’s unwavering commitment to sobriety and family. An upbeat statement of resilience, Barham sings “I’m in it for the long haul, I’m here until the works done.” The soul-baring tune chronicles his struggle, while offering hope on the other side.
May 1st finds American Aquarium making their debut on the venerated Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, TN and on May 14th, the band kicks off an extensive tour. The group has steadily earned their devoted fanbase on the road, with over 15 years of sold-out shows across the US and Europe and returns to the UK in October for dates as follows:
October 3 – Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert
October 4 – Oxford, UK – Bullingdon
October 5 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day
October 6 – London, UK – Oslo
Shooter Jennings says, “I was already an American Aquarium fan, first and foremost. Then, from my first listen to the material for the new album, I knew I was going to be part of something really special in American Aquarium’s journey. What a songwriter…and what a band! I enjoyed every moment of this big rock and roll record we made out here in LA. This couldn’t have been a kinder and more talented group of musicians backing up these amazing, thoughtful, perfected songs BJ brought to the table. I’m really grateful they wanted to make this record with me, and I’m always gonna be really proud of the big-ass sound of this record.”
On Lamentations, Barham reaches new levels of skill, consciousness and potential after 20 years in the trenches. Unruly and sincere, Barham emerges as an important American voice––and an unlikely peacemaker. His songwriting on Lamentations reflects that elevated focus. Barham says. “I wanted to write about a broken America and all the things that lead a human being to doubting something. Every song on this record touches on something a little different.”
American Aquarium is: Shane Boeker on electric guitar, Ryan Van Fleet on drums, Alden Hedges on bass, Neil Jones on pedal steel, Rhett Huffman on keys and BJ Barham on acoustic guitar and vocals. Special guests on Lamentations include Matt Douglas on saxophone, The Watson Twins on vocals and Jamie Lin Wilson on vocals.