Exceptional North Carolina band American Aquarium has built a legend in the alt-country world, and much of it's been through the live spell of fellowship and soul that radiates from frontman BJ Barham. For a while now, he's really been honing his solo expression on the road, showing a rare ability to grip an entire room just by himself. And as a thankfully regular tour stop, Orlando knows this well. But what's already a remarkably personal and moving experience live will swell with even more occasion this time because he's returning on the wind of his debut solo album, Rockingham
, which drops only four days before he arrives. All that up-close heartbreak he's famous for delivering onstage deep into the night has been run through the still and bottled on this blue-collar record. And when Barham comes this time and opens these veins, that whiskey's gonna flow. Making it a very notable all-around bill are local Americana pillar Terri Binion and Justin Osborne of South Carolina alt-country band Susto, who had a stunning Orlando debut early this year opening for Heartless Bastards.
with Terri Binion, Justin Osborne | 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org