BJ Barham Plans the Great 48 Tour: 51 Shows in 48 States in 56 Days
BJ Barham has a unique solo tour planned for the summer: On what he's dubbing The Great 48 Tour, the American Aquarium frontman will, over the course of 56 days, play 51 shows in the 48 continental United States.
Beginning on May 7 in Charleston, W.V., Barham will perform at least one show in 48 of the 50 United States (everywhere except for Alaska and Hawaii). Stops include Charleston, S.C.; Bozeman, Mont.; Cambridge, Mass.; and three concerts in Texas (Houston, Austin and Fort Worth), before the trek concludes on July 3 in Baltimore, Md.
"Every year, I announce my summer solo tour, and every year, I am met with an overwhelming 'When are you going to come close to me?' So this summer, I decided to actually listen," Barham writes on Instagram. "Mark your calendars, tag your friends, and I'll see you on the road."
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Barham's solo The Great 48 shows will be, as he describes them, "just me, a guitar and my songs." The complete list of stops is in the Instagram photo above; more information will be made available on the American Aquarium website.
Barham released a solo album, Rockingham, in August of 2016. In January, he revealed that American Aquarium guitarists Ryan Johnson and Colin DiMeo would be leaving the band in early February; however, there is no ill will between the band and its departing members, and the group, in its new form, will be recording a new album this spring and summer.
In September, Barham told The Boot that he and his bandmates have no intention of slowing down their touring schedule. They are currently on the road in Europe, until the end of March.
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