American Aquarium’s Career-Best Album, Chicamacomico, Out Now

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Thursday, June 16, 2022

American Aquarium release their career-best album Chicamacomico, out via Thirty Tigers. The title of the album was inspired by a former life-saving station built-in 1874 on the Outer Banks of the band’s native North Carolina. Produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Nathaniel Rateliff, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at Sonic Ranch, and with co-writes from Grammy-winner Lori McKenna and Grammy-nominee Hayes Carll, Chicamacomico is a moving reflection on how we pick up the pieces after losing someone dear to us and harness that loss into gratitude and a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Intricately penned from a range of perspectives–a spouse, a parent, a best friend, a child, and a grandchild—this project captures frontman BJ Barham’s ability to tackle real and harsh subjects in a manner that is both wildly insightful and unmistakably grounded.

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The new project follow’s American Aquarium’s 2020 release Lamentations, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. On the making of Chicamacomico, BJ Barham says, “In my sixteen-year career, I have never been prouder of a set of songs, lyrically or stylistically. They have weight, but they aren’t weighed down.” With backing from bandmates Shane Boeker (electric and acoustic guitars), Rhett Huffman (Hammond organ, Moog bass, acoustic guitar), Neil Jones (pedal steel, acoustic guitar), Ryan Van Fleet (drums, percussion, acoustic guitar) and Alden Hedges (bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar), Barham’s stories have never burned more brightly. “Chicamacomico sounds like nothing we've ever done, yet it sits comfortably amongst the rest of our catalog” says Barham.

American Aquarium are readying for their coast-to-coast tour, including dates in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and their first-ever headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium set for the week after Chicamacomico is released, June 17. For complete tour routing, please visit HERE and see below.

Chicamacomico is available via cd, vinyl, and all digital platforms. Magnolia Record Club is offering an exclusive lavender marble-colored vinyl variant which is available for order now. For more information, please visit HERE.

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June 17 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium

June 18 - Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theater+

June 19 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn+

June 21 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall+

June 22 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House+

June 23 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel+

June 24 - Durham, NC - That Music Festival

June 25 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger#

June 26 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club#

June 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts#

June 28 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Made#

June 30 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair#

July 1 - Richmond, VA - The National#

July 2 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom#

July 16 - Whitefish, MT - Under the Big Sky

July 28 & 29 - Floyd, VA - Floydfest

July 30 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre

July 31 - Chattanooga, TN - The Signal

Aug 2 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall

August 4 - Houston, TX - Heights Theatre

August 5 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom

August 6 - Hutto, TX - KOKE Fest

August 7 - Lubbock, TX - Cactus Theatre

August 9 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad

August 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

August 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

August 12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

August 13 - Bend OR, The Domino Room

August 14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

August 15 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

August 16 - Boise, ID - The Olympic

August 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell

August 18 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall

August 19 - Wichita, KS - The Wave

August 21 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room

September 15 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

September 18 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall

September 20 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room

September 21 - Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

September 22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line

September 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall

September 24 - Evanston, IL - Space

September 25 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag

September 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

September 28 – Columbus, OH - Bluestone

September 29 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi Fi Annex

September 30 - Newport, KY - Southgate House

+Adeem The Artist opening

# Caroline Spence opening