The Bottle Rockets Announce Reissue Package
Remastered Reissues of Out-of-Print First Two Albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side released on November 19
SPIN.com launches exclusive premiere of bonus track “Indianapolis” (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar)
“Before the Drive-By Truckers got in gear, when Ryan Adams was still settling in Whiskeytown, the Bottle Rockets were setting off musical M-80s as perhaps the most underappreciated roots-rock/Americana band of the mid-‘90s.” –
The Bottle Rockets (https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/bottle-rockets) are reissuing their long out-of-print, first two albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side on November 19 via Bloodshot Records (pre-order is available here). This is the 20th anniversary of the 1993 release of the band’s debut, self-titled album.
SPIN.com announced the deluxe package’s release date and are currently premiering an exclusive track from the album, a bonus cut of “Indianapolis”, recorded in 1991 with Brian Henneman on guitar and vocals, backed by Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy (now of Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). The song is one of four such demo takes on the reissues package, and was part of the recording that originally got The Bottle Rockets signed to their first record label (ESD) in the early 1990s.
Listen to “Indianapolis” (1991 demo with Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar): https://soundcloud.com/bshq/indianapolis-1991-acoustic/s-0tqAW
When The Bottle Rockets hit the scene in the mid ‘90s, the world wasn't quite sure what to do with them. With their punk-rock pedigrees and arena-rock energy, their tougher-than-Springsteen storytelling and their romantic hearts sewn bare on their denim sleeves, the pride of Festus, MO confounded musical generalities as they laid waste to clubs across the Midwest and then, soon enough, the nation. Their signature sound paved the way for bands melding classic-rock muscle and roots aestheticism like My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, and many others.
Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side are collected here as a remastered two-CD deluxe reissue set of the long out-of-print albums, with an additional 19 previously unreleased tracks. The package consists of an extensive 40-page booklet detailing the band in full context of the ‘90s alt- scene, with editorial contributions from respected peers and fellow musicians such as Steve Earle, Patterson Hood, Lucinda Williams, and many others. Both reissued albums and bonus material have been meticulously remastered under the supervision of famed producer and musician Eric "Roscoe" Ambel.
The Bottle Rockets’ first and second albums, Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side, are widely revered as not only two of the band’s finest releases, but also two formative, flagship recordings in the early era of a now-broadly recognized genre. The band was unceremoniously birthed in 1992 and they very quickly became a forebearer for the new style alongside Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, and Whiskeytown.
The Bottle Rockets have just recently announced several tour dates surrounding the reissue release date:
December 7 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO +
December 13 – The Hideout – Chicago, IL +
January 23 – Narrows Center for the Arts Presents – Fall River, MA *
January 24 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT *
January 25 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA *
January 26 – Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH *
January 30 – Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – Bay Shore, NY *
January 31 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA *
February 1 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ *
February 2 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
February 4 – Ashland Coffee and Tea – Ashland, VA *
+ with Otis Gibbs
* with Marshall Crenshaw