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American Aquarium Set New Lineup, Share Fall Tour Details

BJ Barham tour 2017
Photo by Alysse Gafkjen, courtesy of Shore Fire Media

After a major lineup shuffle that began with two members, then everyone except frontman BJ Barham, leaving the band, American Aquarium have announced plans to embark on a two-month fall tour. Barham has also revealed the group’s new lineup.

On social media on Friday, Barham revealed both his new bandmates’ identities — Shane Boeker, Joey Bybee, Ben Hussey, Adam Kurtz — and American Aquarium’s new slate of dates. Boeker is on guitar, Bybee is playing drums, Hussey is on bass and Kurtz is playing pedal steel.

“Over the last few months, I’ve made reference to the ‘new guys’ more than once,” Barham writes. “Now that we’re less than a month away from our fall tour, I think it’s okay to let the cat out of the bag … Faces have changed, but the songs are still the same.”

In his social media post, Barham also says that he is “excited” for fans to hear the new tunes that the band has been working on. In July, he told The Boot that he and his new American Aquarium bandmates will head into the studio this fall, with tentative plans to release a new album in early 2018.

“This is going to be a proper rock ‘n’ roll album. That’s the goal. But, it wouldn’t be an American Aquarium record without some super-emotional songs,” Barham shares. “The record is named Things Change, and it’s a record about where [American Aquarium’s last album] Wolves left off … Since Wolves came out, I’ve gotten sober, I’ve gotten married, I have a new band, and our country is headed in a completely different direction.”

American Aquarium will tour the country starting on Aug. 31 at the iconic Lubbock, Texas, icehouse the Blue Light. Stops in Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma and New York, among others, are also planned.

American Aquarium, 2017 Fall Tour Dates:

Aug. 31 – Lubbock, Texas @ Blue Light
Sept. 1 – Stephenville, Texas @ Bostocks
Sept. 2 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater
Sept. 3 – Houston, Texas @ Heights Theater
Sept. 4 – Austin, Texas @ Stubbs Austin
Sept. 5 – College Station, Texas @ Tap
Sept. 6 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
Sept. 7 – Fayetteville, Ark. @ George’s Majestic Lounge
Sept. 8 – Texarkana, Texas @ Scottie’s Grill
Sept. 9 – New Braunfels, Texas @ Gruene Hall
Sept. 14 – Asheville, N.C. @ Grey Eagle
Sept. 15 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Bling Tiger
Sept. 16 – Bristol, Tenn. @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Sept. 21 – Durank, Okla. @ Bubba’s Brewhouse
Sept. 22 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Tower Theatre
Sept. 23 – Tahlequah, Okla. @ Medicine Stone
Sept. 24 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi Tone
Sept. 25 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Off Broadway
Sept. 27 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Basement East
Sept. 28 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
Sept. 29 – Columbus, Ohio @ Rumba Café
Sept. 30 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 2 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Mohawk Place
Oct. 3 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle
Oct. 4 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Middle East
Oct. 5 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 6 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ Saint
Oct. 7 – Rehoboth Beach, Del. @ Dogfish Head
Oct. 9 – Richmond, Va. @ Broadberry

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