Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CD Review: Bottle Rockets Reissues Bring Them To Connecticut

Making their way to Connecticut is the St. Louis-based, alternative country band The Bottle Rockets. They have a show scheduled for January 27 at StageOne in Fairfield with Marshall Crenshaw. They will be touring behind the newly released 20th anniversary 2CD deluxe edition reissue of the band's first two albums ("Bottle Rockets" and "The Brooklyn Side").

Both albums come newly remastered with bonus tracks and a 40-page booklet with brand new liner notes. Their self-titled debut album showcases the songwriting talent of Brian Henneman as the band transitions between the alternative rock of "Gas Girl" and country feel of "Wave That Flag." Their music is also raw and rebellious as in "Manhatten Countryside" and "Rural Route." The 13 bonus songs tacked on to their debut album map out the creation of their sound with the addition of six songs from their 1989 pre-Bottle Rockets alternative rock band, Chicken Truck. The real gems are the acoustic demos that include contributions from Jeff Tweedy (Uncle Tulepo, Wilco) and Jay Farrer (Son Volt).

The Bottle Rockets' second album "The Brooklyn Side" was a bigger commercial success and got the band a deal with Atlantic Records and a national tour. The songs are a little more polished and have less grit that made their debut album a cult classic. But the one thing that is consistent is the "tongue-in-cheek" humor of songs like "Idiot's Revenge" and "Take Me To The Bank." The album gets an additional six bonus tracks consisting of a few acoustic demos and a couple of songs recorded live a the Mercury Lounge in 1994.

To find out more about this newly released two-disc set that helped pave the way for alternative country music, please visit

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