The Single Barrel welcomes American Aquarium to our stage March 6th!

Raleigh, NC – In the business of music, many are called and many may try, but few cross the threshold of being able to say they are truly committed for the long haul. With the release of their latest studio album, Burn.Flicker.Die., American Aquarium is proving that they have graduated to that class of professional musicians that have made an undeniable commitment to their music and their fans.
American Aquarium’s six years as a band have been a fast-moving blur of rubber on road, touring coast to coast through the states and Europe. Most nights of the year are spent far from their Raleigh homes, squinting out from bright stages at a growing legion of passionate fans who’ve followed them through the release of six albums that reflect a whirlwind of too many whiskey soaked nights, nameless women in smoky bars and fast living while your youth is in full bloom. But what happens when it all stops feeling good?
Burn.Flicker.Die. is what has emerged from that scenario for this group of hard working players. After two years of writing, they journeyed to the legendary recording hub which gave birth to some of the greatest blues, country and rock records of all time: Muscle Shoals/Sheffield, AL. Recorded in eight days under the precise hand of friend/tour buddy Jason Isbell, the record is an aptly named milestone for the band, and their most painstaking effort to date. As a long-time Southern rock artisan, Isbell provided a weathered know-how in producing the record American Aquarium is proudest of. Described as a “consequence record” by vocalist BJ Barham, the band spent that week pushing out everything that’s been haunting them: working for six years, watching buzz bands peak and die, and pining for their own payoff.
“I wish my addictions didn’t mean so much/but we all can’t be born with that kind of luck,” Barham sings on the title track, capturing the fast lifestyle with images of subtle barroom horrors: Finding a high in a dingy bathroom stall, a pretty barfly from somewhere down south you won’t see again, free shots you can’t say no to. “Casualties” is a soaring, chorus-less ode to death by rock that confronts age and the band’s great fear of having made the wrong choice. They’ve watched artists ride the hype train right off the track. But that can’t be American Aquarium – they’ve been laying low too long, finding their way to the most poignant album of their careers through hard touring and waking up to realize that it’s not Saturday night anymore.
Some of the record hurts to hear, like the quiet, fine-spun “Harmless Sparks.” It sounds like the flicker of a solitary cigarette burning to its filter in the blue-black glow of a bar. Keys plink like shot glasses in the background, and you’re the last to go home. American Aquarium has been there before. But the record also looks to the end of a hard road, where there might be validation for good music, and even love. In “Jacksonville,” Barham promises someone a call if he “makes it out alive.” Taking a cue from Ryan Adams, he draws romance out of shame in “Northern Lights.” And in “Saturday Nights” and “Saint Mary’s,” he makes a subtle mockery of the dives they know too well – slick with spilled whiskey and crawling with restless women who all look the same.
Every grizzled image of Burn.Flicker.Die is real, which comes from the band’s profound understanding of small southern town debauchery and six years of pushing their careers off the bottom rung. Like many of their musical heroes that have paved the way before them, American Aquarium can wrap the ugliest feelings in the most spirited soundscape. Sonically uplifting instrumentation and vivid, wrenching lyrics illuminate the dark side of hanging out in rock ‘n’ roll limbo, but also how the band has clawed their way out of it. Through their struggle to sustain their career and resist the temptation of fire, American Aquarium’s demons have hung around. But so have they.

Spotify: American Aquarium
Twitter: @USAquarium


There’s always a good time when Cactus Hill’s in town. Head down to The Single Barrel and kick off the month of February right- with one heck of a rowdy night! Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Since inception, the Cactus Hill family has surpassed their initial goal of climbing and then staying at the top of the regional scene.
Now a household name amongst club owners and event coordinators, the Hill is the most visible country act in the five state region known as the Midwest. Now considered by many as the most entertaining ensemble around, they still maintain the structure and business savvy that has kept them at the forefront in this competitive demographic.
The direction of the band has been refined over the years in order to accommodate the younger audience, and the high level standards remain.


The Single Barrel is proud to Welcome the Dylan Bloom Band to our stage this March!
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Brought up in small farming towns along the Platte River in Nebraska, the Dylan Bloom Band’s midwestern country rock deeply roots into the honest lyrics and smooth rhythms that make up their Heartland sound. Dylan’s first band exposure began at a young age being the son of an established local bass player and the grandson of the 2001 Nebraska Rocks Music Hall Of Fame inductee, Greg “Jeep” Bloom.
In January of 2012, Dylan Bloom Band independently released the album “Strong In A Small Town”. With selling over 3000 copies, receiving local and national airplay, the band immediately began touring across the Midwest working their high energy show while road testing their repertoire of quality original music.
The band finishes up their 2014 summer with a nomination for Best Country Act from the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards and releases their new single “Fall Time”. With a sophomore album set to launch in November, the Dylan Bloom Band is finishing up recording in Texas building off the small town anthems from their previous effort, and dives straight into the struggles that a working band experiences on the road.


The Single Barrel is proud to welcome Jerrod Niemann and Brent Rupard to our stage for the first time!

$15 in Adv | $20 Day of Show | 19+
Tickets onsale now!


Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann recently followed his RIAA Gold-certified multi-week No. 1 smash, “Drink to That All Night,” with his High Noon album’s second single, “Donkey.” Niemann co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks on High Noon, the follow-up to his acclaimed, musically adventurous 2012 release, Free the Music. Niemann’s chart-topping major-label debut, 2010’s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top 5 and RIAA-certified Gold digital single, “What Do You Want.” His sophomore release, Free The Music, hit shelves last year and featured the Top 15 single “Shinin’ On Me” and the poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” Niemann has quickly become a fan and industry favorite, earning award nominations from the ACM, CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards, while headlining his own shows and touring with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. For a full list of tour dates and more information on Jerrod Niemann,



Drawing on the driving guitars of southern rock, the storytelling of Country Outlaws, the anthems of today’s Country Stars and the raw edge of Texas red-dirt, SwitchBak mixes all of the best ingredients like a good cocktail and then sets them ablaze to create a distinctly rugged, raw, natural sound of their own hitting you with a good ole days to remember feeling.



The Single Barrel is proud to welcome Reckless Kelly to our stage this April!
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Austin’s own Reckless Kelly are currently touring behind their 8th studio album, “Long Night Moon,” which won a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2014. The album is the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy Nominated “Good Luck & True Love,” which took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. Produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with Lead Guitarist David Abeyta, Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro).
When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.


The Single Barrel is proud to Welcome Brothers Osborne with special guest Dylan Bloom Band to our stage this April!
$8 in Advance and $10 Door | 19+

Growing up the sons of a working-class mother and father, T.J. and John Osborne learned at an early age how to make do with what they had. Their blue-collar rural Maryland upbringing was far from the one other kids were experiencing in the nearby affluent suburbs of the nation’s capital. Whether they were lighting their house with candles when the electricity was turned off or using a garden hose for summertime fun, T.J. and John were frequently making something from nothing.
That same sensibility informs the music they make as Brothers Osborne, a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years.
“A lot of the coolest music comes when you don’t have anything else to do and you have random objects lying around,” says John, at 31 the older of the two. “You pick them up and just bang on them to make a noise that makes sense. Writing a song is similar. You’re plucking something out of thin air. All music is literally making something out of nothing.”
Driven by T.J.’s sultry, low-down baritone and John’s slow-hand guitar work, Brothers Osborne fills a void for singer/guitarist duos with a presence. They aren’t shoe-gazers—both over six-feet-tall, T.J., 28, is a dynamic singer, full of power and verve, while John commands his instrument with particular swagger. Onstage, they possess the interplay of a country Jagger/Richards.
Influenced heavily by Hank and Merle—“If someone doesn’t like Hank Williams and Merle Haggard, I think there must be something wrong with them,” says T.J., who sports a “Hank” tattoo on his wrist—Brothers Osborne also credit Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty and, especially, Bob Seger with shaping their sound.
“Our family threw a lot of impromptu yard parties: beer, horseshoes and music,” says T.J. “By the end of the night, the whole family would be out singing Bob Seger songs. And then George Jones songs. John and I just wanted to get in that circle with my dad and my uncle and sing. That’s how we got into music.”
“There were always guitars around,” adds John, who didn’t differentiate between genres at the Osborne jams. “It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that there were different categories of music. We just listened to music.”
Eventually, the brothers relocated to Music City, first John and a year later, T.J. Reunited, the versatile musicians accepted a job backing up a bluegrass artist and cut their teeth on the touring circuit, even playing the Grand Ole Opry.
But the pull of doing their own thing was too much to resist. And so Brothers Osborne was born.
Soon, the duo was laying the groundwork for what will become their EMI Records Nashville debut album, a collection of songs—each one written by the brothers—that, while indisputably ready for radio, carry an integrity akin to those of their influences.
“Arms of Fire” calls to mind Tom Petty, with its muted chunky guitar riff and all-American lyrics like you’ve got me flying down a James Dean highway. “Shoot From the Hip” is a spaghetti-western throwback, complete with haunting whistle and jangly guitar. The almost whispered “Love the Lonely Out of You” displays the brothers’ more subtle side, while “21 Summer” finds the siblings exalting in nostalgia.
And first single “Let’s Go There” is a Stonesy rocker about getting away from it all. It’s also the song that ties the project together.
“‘Let’s Go There’ is the gateway to the rest of the album,” T.J. says. “It has echoes of rock, blues, folk and country, all of the elements on our album wrapped into one song.”
“And it’s got cowbell,” adds John mischievously, who says the lyrics paint a picture of taking a mental vacation. “It’s a conversation, saying, ‘Don’t worry about calling your mother, forget about the dog and the cat, and let’s hit the road. Let’s just do it already.’”
However, it’s the ramshackle “Rum” that may best define Brothers Osborne. Its creation inspired many of the tracks on the album, including their debut single. “The early things we did with
Rum’ really translated to ‘Let’s Go There,’” T.J. explains.
Originally recorded in the music room of T.J. and John’s shared Nashville home, the boozy escape “Rum” is a back-porch sing-along. It also is the perfect embodiment of the duo’s credo of making something from nothing.
To get the song’s signature rhythm, the brothers banged away with drumsticks on the arm of their futon, a $50 steal at a local yard sale. “We wanted to keep it organic and loose, not pristine,” T.J. says.
“Rum” even contains a bridge that sums up the boys’ imaginative childhoods:
Lucky folks go to the ocean
Lake’s for the landlocked bunch
We got a tarp in a truck bed
A kiddie pool, a slip n’ sled
“Our uncle would put a tarp in the back of a truck and made a pool for us,” John confirms. “We thought that was the first time it was ever done. The point is you can do anything to enjoy a good time. You can drink rum on your front porch and turn on the garden hose and run through it. It’s that simple.”
Just like their approach to music.
“Creating music is all mental,” concludes John. “It’s dealing with what you have. If you limit what you have to work with, you can really surprise yourself with the results.


Based in Lincoln, NE, The Emmett Bower Band’s multi-instrumentalist members make this modern Alternative Country act a cut above the rest. Whether it’s covering country classics from Alabama, emulating that “red dirt” vibe of Cross Canadian Ragweed, or taking you to the island with Jimmy Buffett (or perhaps even Sublime).



The Single Barrel is proud to welcome Cody Canada and the Departed to our stage for the first time this April!


$10 in Adv | $15 Day of Show | 19+ | Doors 8pm

The latest, tight incarnation of the Cody Canada-led group The
Departed isn’t a reinvention of the group’s sound, or a reimagining of
Canada’s musical perspective – it’s a reunion. As with any reunion, the
passing years have provided the involved parties with new and unique
perspectives, breathing vibrant excitement into their streamlined new
Canada, Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege and Steve Littleton are reopening
the doors to a sonic garage where sounds and stories some thought
were gone for good are now being unleashed onto an eager public
after a few years of fruitful – even risky — artistic diversion. Being
guided by raw emotion and nerves that are often unguarded, Canada
hasn’t begun to pluck the opening notes to an increasing number of
Cross Canadian Ragweed favorites without some reluctance or painful
reminiscence, mind you. But the powerful nature of such visceral
connections is what makes his stories stunning while rightfully placing
him in a prominent class of modern songwriters occupied by the
influential likes of Robert Earl Keen, Bruce and Charlie Robison, Todd
Snider, Mike McClure and the men of Reckless Kelly, among only a
strict few others.
To be clear, the men of the Departed are not the frat-house faves
many of the latest generation of river-tubing popsters are. Ideals and
experiences of a person enduring the sometimes-harsh realities of the
real world demand space in a Departed concert.
In the wake of Ragweed’s 2010 dissolution, most fans likely expected
– and few would’ve blamed – Canada for adhering to the heartsleeved,
Okie-rocker recipe that propelled Canada into a true Rock
Star realm. Bolstering his bad-ass bona-fides even more, however,
was his decision to choose the dirt road less traveled. By finally
partnering up with Seth James, a long-time friend universally admired
for his soulful skills, Canada’s words had a different backdrop that
certainly represented commercial risk, but offered an unusually fresh
outlet where the iconic songs of his past, for a while, stayed in the
past. For three years, Canada became a side-man for sections of each
concert as the Departed quickly built a reputation as a crack band
focused on packing as much expertly-curated song-craft into each
show as possible, eschewing the demands for “more Ragweed!”
With the chill of 2014’s winter thawing into the haziness of the spring
and the Departed now having played as a powerful four-piece for
several months following James’ amicable exit, Canada’s appreciation
for the truly remarkable, intensely personal body of work he created as he fronted Ragweed is intact, and indeed, fresh with the passing of
time and the healing of emotional wounds. Unsurprisingly, fans are
exuberantly responding to the inclusion of classics such as “Alabama,”
“Dimebag,” and “17” into set-lists for Departed shows. The refitted
outfit is channeling the power chords and raw-bone ballads, which
vaulted Canada into the status as Red Dirt’s biggest name for so long.
This is not a comeback. This isn’t a rebirth.
This is a rock and roll renewal only an artist with Canada’s strength of
will and determined vision is capable of. He’s making great use of a
rare chance few artists ever receive. He now knows what he only
started to understand many years ago, and his words are all the more
impactful as a result.


There’s always a good time when Cactus Hill’s in town. Head down to The Single Barrel and kick off the month of February right- with one heck of a rowdy night! Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Since inception, the Cactus Hill family has surpassed their initial goal of climbing and then staying at the top of the regional scene.
Now a household name amongst club owners and event coordinators, the Hill is the most visible country act in the five state region known as the Midwest. Now considered by many as the most entertaining ensemble around, they still maintain the structure and business savvy that has kept them at the forefront in this competitive demographic.
The direction of the band has been refined over the years in order to accommodate the younger audience, and the high level standards remain.