You don’t have to be from the South to understand the bittersweet emotion behind American Aquarium’s “Southern Sadness.” Sure, it can pretty easy to ditch your hometown when you are 18. But as the years go by, it’s not unnatural to feel a little bit nostalgic for the good ol’ days.
“I wrote ‘Southern Sadness’ about the state of North Carolina,” says BJ Barham, the band’s lead singer and songwriter. “I grew up in a really small town called Reidsville, North Carolina, and up until I was 18, the only thing I really thought about was getting out of that small town and moving to a bigger city.”
He adds, “I wrote this song about actually getting out of the small town and being in Raleigh, our state capital – and then kind of missing home. And kind of missing going back to where my parents live and the holidays and actually seeing the friends I grew up with. It’s about … wanting to go back and always holding it in a really nice place. Instead of thinking about all the negative things about growing up there, [I’m] thinking about all the good things.”
With SXSW in their rearview mirror, the band is heading back home – but not for long. April’s tour calendar is offering shows all across the South to promote the ensemble’s latest album, Wolves. Check out the CMT Edge live premiere of American Aquarium’s “Southern Sadness.”