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BJ Barham (American Aquarium)

Tue, May 3 / 7 PM

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My name is BJ Barham. For 10 years I have written songs solely for my band American Aquarium, but on a recent trip to Europe I wrote a batch of songs that didn’t feel like full band songs. They felt extremely intimate. They felt like songs that would be best served with just me, my voice and an acoustic guitar. A batch of songs about home. My childhood home of Reidsville. 


My current home of Raleigh. Just every possible definition of what home means to me. I am extremely happy to announce that in early February, I will be going into the studio with Brad Cook and Jon Ashley (the guys that worked with the band on Wolves) to record my debut solo record “Rockingham.” I am asking my fans to preorder the record and also take advantage of the exclusive fan bundles available here at PledgeMusic. 


With the money raised through this campaign I will be able to record, mix, master, distribute and properly promote “Rockingham” the way I feel it deserves to be done. American Aquarium fans fear not. This is not the end of the band. We are currently working on new songs to record later in 2016 as we speak. Think of these songs as just another branch on the American Aquarium tree. As always, thank you for your support and for being a part of this amazing time in my life. I cant wait for you guys to hear these songs and I am excited to have you on this journey with me. Thank you.

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Junior Brown

Thu, May 5 / 7 PM930 PM

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“You don’t find stylists today like you did in the Ernest Tubb era. That’s what sets Junior aside from a lot of other artists. He’s got his own style. And his rapport with his fans, he draws a vast audience, from young college kids up to the older, traditional country music fans.” --David McCormick, owner, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville


“Junior told me once that he was very impressed by Jimi Hendrix, by the way he was very wild, and yet he was very controlled. He knew where everything was going in a solo, and he (Junior), I think tries for the same effect, and I think he hits it virtually every time.” --Mitch Mitchell, drummer, The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Though these two quotes attempt to explain his uniqueness and wide range musical capability, though not vague, the quotes are so dissimilar as to provoke a curious sense of mystery for a reader uninitiated with the phenomenon known as Junior Brown.


Of course, to anyone who has seen Junior sing and play live, or heard any of his ten albums, will no doubt understand the connectedness in what the two quotes mean, and more often than not will have some quotable Junior observations to add of their own.


What it all boils down to is this: with his unique voice, more unique songwriting craft, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel”, there has absolutely never been anyone like Junior Brown.

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Shake Russell & Michael Hearne

Fri, May 6 / 730 PM

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For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences throughout the region with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. A prolific songwriter, Shake has written or co-written hundreds of melodies. Through the years, Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by such distinguished artists as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Ricky Skagg’s hit recording of “You’ve Got a Lover” has appeared on three of Ricky’s albums. 


In 1983 Shake was commissioned by the Texas State University in San Marcos to write a song ,''River of Innocence''. for a documentary filmed and produced by the university. In 1986, Shake was asked by longtime friend Bruce Bryant, creative producer at Houston television station KTRK, to compose a theme song commemorating the Texas sesquicentennial. He obliged and wrote the regional favorite, “Traveling Texas.” 

Shake is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award for Clint Black’s recordings of “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “One More Payment,” both of which he co-wrote with Clint, and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award. The Texas Music Association nominated Shake's song, “Cowboy Coffee,” for the “2007 Texas Music Awards Best New Song.” Shake made history by being named Entertainer of the Year for the third time (2004, 2008, 2011) in the Texas Music Awards!


Weaving sophisticated harmonies through his songs and drawing from various genres, Shake created a style of folk-rock that is uniquely his own. His repertoire consists of a blend of love songs, ballads, and waltzes, skillfully balanced with lively rockabilly tunes and soulful rhythm and blues pieces. His lyrics are imbued with beautiful imagery, catchy phrases, and inventive similes and metaphors. But it is the rich, melodious voice of Shake Russell that breathes life and spirit into the lyrics.

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Market Junction

Sat, May 7 / 7 PM

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Market Junction is an Americana group founded in 2011 by singer-songwriters Matt Parrish and Justin Lofton. In 2012, they elicited the enthusiastic support of long-time Texas singer-songwriter, Jack Saunders, who produced and engineered the band's first record, "Even Heroes Have Gravestones," at White Cat Recording Studio in Houston.


Over the course of four years, Parrish and Lofton have played many local and regional shows, opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Little Texas, and Pat Green, among other artists. Most recently, Richard Barrow—who is known for his work with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner—produced Market Junction's song, "Give It Time," in Nashville, with additional recording at White Cat. The resulting single was on the Texas Regional Radio Chart for 22 weeks.


A young band that is remapping the well-traveled singer-songwriter topography of memory and longing with their unique artistic voice, Market Junction is earning a firm place in the Americana music scene. Parrish and Lofton are now working with Jack Saunders on a new album that will be released in mid-2016. 

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Harry Chrisman

Sat, May 7 / 930 PM

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As a songwriter, Harry Chrisman is quickly gaining traction in music circles, leaving many established songwriters wondering where he’s been hiding! 


His songs, whether a whimsical country song, a sweet love song, or a hard-driving rocker, reflect the highly-textured melodies of the 60s and 70s blended with his own brand of Texas music grit. 


His guitar work is as strong as any you’ll see, and his homegrown, no-pretense vocals are reminiscent of Elvis Costello and Robert Earl Keen, with a little Jerry Jeff Walker thrown in for good measure.