Formed in 2006, the band derived its name from the Wilco song, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” and consists of lead vocalist/ guitarist BJ Barham, bassist Bill Corbin, guitarist Ryan Johnson, guitarist Colin DiMeo, drummer Kevin McClain, Whit Wright on pedal steel guitar and keyboards. American Aquarium has released eight albums, including their most critically acclaimed album to date, 2012’s Burn. Flicker. Die.. According to American Songwriter, 'It’s a record for anyone who creates art, even if recognition and a stable living may never come of it"".
Their first album, Antique Hearts, was released in 2006, followed by The Bible and the Bottle in 2008. The band continued to tour extensively, playing around 250 shows a year. They began building a wider and more varied fan base beyond their native state.
Their sophomore effort received some critical attention, and that same year the band released the minimalist live EP Bones, recorded in a friend’s living room. Barham wrote the songs in the wake of a break-up, helping to cement a familiar theme of women who either got away or did the protagonist wrong. Their next album was Dances for the Lonely. Released by Last Chance Records in 2009,it featured one of their fan favorites, “I Hope He Breaks Your Heart.” Small Town Hymns, released in 2010, brought more favorable reviews and continued comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Whiskeytown, and Lucero.
American Aquarium has released eight projects in eleven years, with BJ writing all the music. The band's fans helped raise $24,000 through a Kickstarter project to help fund their sixth album's production. The album, Wolves, was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Burn. Flicker. Die. has been nominated for ""Best Americana/Roots Album” and “Best Album Artwork” in the 2013 Lone Star Music Awards.".
How to hire American Aquarium for an event
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking American Aquarium.
Many performers, actors, speakers and other talent like American Aquarium, with postponed or cancelled events due to COVID-19 are now, in certain cases, considering virtual appearances via live streaming. They perhaps may accept lower fees too. If you are seriously interested in booking American Aquarium or other talent shown on our site, we will research their desire and the specific fee for your live-streaming event or project request.
American Aquarium's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking American Aquarium for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate with the price range to book American Aquarium, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing American Aquarium. After we consult with them, we can circle back with you to provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the American Aquarium booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book American Aquarium for an event?" is a frequent question we get, but the final American Aquarium booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will American Aquarium charge for an event. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book American Aquarium for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the American Aquarium agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book American Aquarium, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the American Aquarium booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for American Aquarium, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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