BJ Barham has never been shy about the fluidity of his backing band. At the beginning of the year, Barham announced the departure of guitarists Colin DiMeo and Ryan Johnson; insisting that the band was not over but that the remaining lineup would be heading into the studio with a new guitarist. On April 2 Barham, the band's frontman, announced that the remaining members were also leaving the band (the split was amicable).
The new lineup includes Crooks drummer Joey Bybee, The Damn Quails' bass player Ben Hussey and guitarist Shane Boeker – all from Texas – along with Nashville pedal-steel player Adam Kurtz, who also fronts Music City's experimental Buck Owens tribute Buck N' Stuff.
It's hard to believe that a band who spends so much of their time in the state wasn't predominantly Texan until the recruitment of new members. I've seen American Aquarium play five shows in three venues in two different states; the energy they have in Texas is incredible and the crowd fucking loves them for it.
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