For over a decade American Aquarium has been pounding pavement, tearing up tires, singing songs, and hoping to earn the title of the hardest working band in America -- and the hard work has paid off. But now, for the first time in a long time, when front man BJ Barham returns home off his The Great 48 solo tour, he'll be without a band.

In April the band announced that they'd be leaving to pursue other interests. Barham, who is now in the middle of his ambitious tour of all 48 contiguous states vowed the same day that American Aquarium would regroup and return. We are excited to see what Barham has in store for us.

But for now, as the face of American Aquarium makes his way across the USA,  Rockingham, the first solo album from the North Carolina native is available for free. Download it right here.

My name is BJ Barham. For 10 years I have written songs solely for my band American Aquarium, but on a recent trip to Europe I wrote a batch of songs that didn’t feel like full band songs. They felt extremely intimate. They felt like songs that would be best served with just me, my voice and an acoustic guitar. A batch of songs about home. My childhood home of Reidsville. My current home of Raleigh. Just every possible definition of what home means to me. I am extremely happy to announce that in early February, I will be going into the studio with Brad Cook and Jon Ashley (the guys that worked with the band on Wolves) to record my debut solo record “Rockingham.” I am asking my fans to preorder the record and also take advantage of the exclusive fan bundles available here at PledgeMusic. With the money raised through this campaign I will be able to record, mix, master, distribute and properly promote “Rockingham” the way I feel it deserves to be done. American Aquarium fans fear not. This is not the end of the band. We are currently working on new songs to record later in 2016 as we speak. Think of these songs as just another branch on the American Aquarium tree. As always, thank you for your support and for being a part of this amazing time in my life. I cant wait for you guys to hear these songs and I am excited to have you on this journey with me. Thank you.