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This High Energy Country Band plays covers from all your favorites. Come enjoy live music, cold booze, and the clean country atmosphere of The Single Barrel!

 

 

 
     

Help us keep the party rocking on into the weekend with Cactus Hill!
 

 
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.

 
     

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 welcomes American Aquarium to our stage March 6th!
 
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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.
 
 

 
Web: www.americanaquarium.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/americanaquarium
YouTube: www.youtube.com/americanaquarium
Spotify: American Aquarium
Twitter: @USAquarium
 

 
     

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.
 

 
     


 

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.
 

 
     

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).
 

 

 
     

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.

 
     

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Join us May 2nd for Omaha’s own Jason Earl Band! Whether it’s an old country standard, some of today’s top country songs or any of his own original music, Jason’s love for entertaining is obvious. Grab your friends, stop by the Single Barrel, and the show!