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Editors’ Notes

Although it looks easy from the outside, rock bands demand an unshakable perseverance and a Zen-like appreciation for the journey. And while he’s always had the first, it’s clear with this album that Rocket’s singer/guitarist Brian Henneman is growing to enjoy the ride for its own sake. An offshoot of Uncle Tupelo and also Wilco, which Henneman joined for their debut A.M., the Rockets have been through a series of personnel changes, label mishaps and general bad luck that would have forced most bands to the curb. But Henneman remains behind the wheel, barreling down the highway, making the same solid, hard-edged, slightly twangy, roots rock he’s never left. In the opener, “The Long Way,” the roadtrip-as-life metaphor mixes perfectly with the driving guitar- rock edge. On “Shame On Me,” he sings to toothsome ‘70’s riff-rock that splits the difference between the Stones and John Mellencamp. The Bo Diddley beat gets a visit on another on-the-road song “Nothin But A Driver” and “The Way It Used to Be,” a timeless, full-bore, guitar bash that like the rest of this set emphasizes rock over roots.

Customer Reviews

Clean Version/Regular Version

The Clean Version is the actual Regular Version of the record. The record has no profanity so iTunes labeled it "Clean" New iTunes thing.


The Bottle Rockets continue in fine form combining great lyrical craft with killer hooks and a typically twisted alt -country sense of humor. There are no weak tracks here, and everything is original, including two songs written by bassist Keith Voegle and one by drummer Mark Ortman. This collection is sure to please any alt-country roots-rocking singer-songwriting stickler. Enjoy!

The Festus Boys do it again....

Another great album from the best band to ever waltz across Festus! Picked up the vinyl version today.


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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