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On American Aquarium’s latest album Lamentations, BJ Barham shines light on dark American corners with heartbreaking conversations, long looks in the mirror, and empathetic questions, all through songwriting that is clear without sacrificing its poetry, and direct without losing its humanity. “As a songwriter, my number one job is to observe and then translate what I observe into a song, a story, a lesson,” Barham says. “I’d be doing myself and the listener a huge disservice if I didn’t talk about the things I see, which is a country, divided.”
Tommy Prine is the son of the late legendary multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, John Prine. He picked up a guitar at the age of 10 and, without ever taking a formal lesson, started picking melodies. Though he has crafted his own unique sound over the years, he learned from observing one of the best.