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Editors’ Notes

“Alt-country” was a term that emerged long after some bands accidentally jumpstarted a new genre in the '80s (among them Rank & File, The Blasters, The Long Ryders, and Jason & The Scorchers). By the time these first two Bottle Rockets albums showed up in the '90s, the only thing that mattered was that these gentlemen rocked hard and played music that was pleasing to ears that loved everything from George Jones to The Ramones. (1995 saw No Depression magazine take off, and bands such as Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown had a home.) Twenty years after The Bottle Rockets’ 1993 self-titled debut album, their first two studio records are reissued, with extensive bonus tracks and several demos that further blur the band's history. Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy (now in Wilco) and Jay Farrar (now in Son Volt) join the Rockets’ Brian Henneman on 1991 demos for “Indianapolis,” “Manhattan Countryside,” and “Idiot’s Revenge.” The narratives are as engrossing as the melodies, from “Gas Girl,” “Trailer Mama,” and “Got What I Wanted” to “Welfare Music” and “1000 Dollar Car.” Essential.

Customer Reviews

Thank you, Bloodshot Records!



Rollicking good.

K. Scott Martin

Wilco, Sonvolt, Tweedy, U. Tupelo, and of course, the pride of the Midwest and Missouri, this band will always be in good company, The Bottle Rockets. All these years later, this band still captures the the quiet desperation of the fading Midwestern work ethic. A must for any Americana - roots rock collector.


Formed: 1992 in Festus, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Festus, Missouri's Bottle Rockets ranked as one of the leading lights of the 1990s roots rock revival, thanks to a sound that bypassed the punk heritage proudly upheld by most of the band's contemporaries in favor of a redneck fusion of Southern boogie, country-folk, and crunching rock & roll. The group was fronted by singer/guitarist Brian Henneman, a Missouri native who formed his first band, Waylon Van Halen & the Ernest Tubbadours, in 1977 with friends Tom and Bob Parr. After a succession of...
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