American Aquarium has been on quite the ride the last four years, but it's been the biggest four years in the history of frontman BJ Barham's band.

Known for playing 250 to 300 dates per year, American Aquarium was ready to hang it up after 2012's Burn.Flicker.Die, produced by Jason Isbell.

But then things changed.

They still hit the road for weeks and months on end, playing as many shows as possible. But the venues started getting fuller, and then they got bigger. These boys from Raleigh, N.C., were making names for themselves all over the country, especially in Texas.

The band released its latest album, Wolves, in 2015 to much acclaim. Barham also recently released his first solo record, Rockingham, which also has garnered favorable reviews from critics.

American Aquarium has gotten into the habit of making several trips to the Lone Star State each year, and they're back this week for their first-ever show at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler. They take the stage at 10 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9). Cover is $20 at the door.

This is a rare chance to see a band like American Aquarium in an intimate patio setting like Stanley's. Space will fill up fast, so get there early.

"I'm freaking stoked beyond belief that American Aquarium stopped here for lunch a year ago and loved us so much they agreed to come back and play a show," Stanley's owner Nick Pencis said. "Texas barbecue is powerful!"

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