BJ Barham is set to perform tonight at Proud Larry’s in Oxford. Featuring his solo album “Rockingham,” Barham will take the stage at 9 p.m.
Each song in the album highlights the country singer-songwriter’s voice, as Barham designed the record to share his own story. The deeply Southern album, from Barham’s twang to the lyrics and smooth guitar, features the song “Unfortunate Kind,” which was the first song Barham wrote for the new album.
Tonight’s performance marks Barham’s one stop in Mississippi as part of his “The Great 48 Tour,” which kicked off in Charleston, West Virginia on May 7.
Barham was raised in the small town of Reidsville, North Carolina, and the album’s featured song “Rockingham” is an account of his time there.
“It’s the town where I became a man,” Barham sings with his soulful twang, “the place that made me who I am.”
Barham spent only two days creating the idea for his new album, which was released in August 2016. The two days he spent pondering the album plans were directly following the 2015 Paris attacks. In Belgium during the time of the attack, Barham said the tragedy reminded him of home, adding that his own childhood and home are the two driving factors of his new album.
Exactly one week from today I’ll be kicking off “The Great 48” tour in Charleston,WV on 5/7 at @theemptyglasswv and moving my way around the entire country until I play all 48 states (plus DC). 53 shows in 59 days. This is the most ambitious thing I have ever set out to do and I am nervous/excited/giddy about the challenge. I hope that you are making plans to join me when I come through town. If you can’t make a show, please tag a friend (or five) and help me spread the word. Id like to thank everyone for the overwhelming amounts of love and support they have shown this tour already and I can’t wait to see you on the road. 7 days people. 7 days. 📷:@brianmass #thegreat48tour 5/7-@theemptyglasswv 5/8-@thecamelrva 5/9-@thepourhouse 5/10-@puretheatre 5/11-@visulitetheatre 5/12-@jackrabbitslive 5/13-@eddiesattic (Sold Out) 5/15-@citywinerynsh 5/16-@saturnbham 5/17-@proudlarrys 5/18-@dysonhouselisteningroom 5/19-@theduckhouston 5/20-@theparishatx 5/22-@shippingandreceivingbar 5/23-@bluedoorokc 5/24-@whitewatertavern 5/25-@offbroadwaystl 5/26-@thebottleneck 5/27-@marquistheater 5/29-@pecosflavorswinery 5/30-@therebelphx 5/31-@beautybarlv 6/1-@saintrocke 6/2-@hotelutah 6/3-@whiteeaglesaloon 6/4-@tractortavern 6/6-@theolympicboise 6/7-The Loading Dock 6/8-@townsquaretavern 6/9-@livefromthedivide (Sold Out) 6/10-@aquariumfargo 6/11-@minerbrewingcompany 6/13-@waiting_room w/ @dbtrockshow 6/14-@gaslampdesmoines 6/15-@firstavenue 6/16-@colectivocoffee 6/17-@lh_schubas 6/18-@thebishopbar 6/20-@thezanzabar 6/21-@rumbacafeoh 6/22-@thewaxjxn 6/23-@clubcafelive 6/24-@musichallnh 6/25-@onelongfellowsquare 6/26-@mideastclub 6/27-@columbustheatre 6/28-@cafenine 6/29-@knittingfactorybk 6/30-@saintapnj 7/1-@dogfishhead 7/2-@thehamiltondc All the dates at www.bjbarham.com
Barham is set to perform 48 shows in the 48 continental states in only 56 days. Although he has been performing, recording and touring as the frontman of American Aquarium, a band out of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Great 48 Tour is his first extensive solo tour.
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