Texas was not always kind to the band American Aquarium.
Sure, the Raleigh, N.C., band plays an original brand of rocking Americana that would seem to jibe with the sensibilities out there. But that potentially big audience can be tough to reach.
Then last August, the band released its Jason Isbell-produced album, “Burn. Flicker. Die.” And a single from that disc, “Lonely Ain’t Easy,” wound up on mainstream radio in Texas.
“The past year, it’s been really nice to us,” the band’s frontman, singer and songwriter, BJ Barham, said. “Who would have thought, once they start playing you on the radio, people know who you are?”
And the band, which headlines at Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Wednesday, has done it with a record that’s not exactly an upper.