Awright Chillunz, this month’s news you can hopefully use…
Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin’ this weekend to play a couple of make-up shows that were cancelled by that big dumb stoopid mean ol’ blizzard in January, and we’ll be dropping in for what may be our 147,328th appearance (we’ve lost count, this number MAY be a little high…) at NPR’s Mountain Stage too.

March 18 : Alexandria VA – The Birchmere – SOLD OUT
March 19 : Baltimore MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
March 20 : Charleston WV – Mountain Stage – TICKETS
with Honeyhoney, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Cooley, Webb Wilder

This is gonna be super extra duper cool. If you’re in the area and miss this show, we wish you luck with your competing appointment. We name our album after a historical boxing/wrestling club in town, then actually PERFORM there. Such coolness has never before happened in Bottle Rockets history. SBAC history? Who knows? They’ve been around since the early 1900’s. Seems like something cooler than this could’ve happened there in that length of time, but…maybe not. We’re doin’ it for the club. All proceeds go directly to the South Broadway Athletic Club. Business there just ain’t like it used to be. Neither is the music business, we know each other’s pain. This is a match made in heaven. Come on down!!!

March 26 :  St Louis MO @ South Broadway Athletic Club
2301 S. 7th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

Here we go again, with Marshall Crenshaw for a bunch of shows in the Midwest. These are always great. Always. We play a set of our songs, then we join Marshall on stage as his backing band for a set of his songs. HOT TIP: If you’re not in the mood for a good time, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. Otherwise, we’ll see you there…

April 05 : Ann Arbor MI – The Ark – TICKETS
April 06 : Grand Rapids MI – Tip Top Deluxe TICKETS
April 07 : Bloomington IL – Castle Theatre – TICKETS
April 08 : Lafayette IN – Lafayette Theater – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 7pm – TICKETS
April 09 : Chicago IL – Old Town School of Folk – 10pm – TICKETS
April 10 : Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall – TICKETS
April 12 : St Paul MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
April 13 : Sioux Falls SD –  White Wall Sessions – TICKETS
April 14 : Kansas City MO – Knuckleheads Saloon – TICKETS
April 15 : Burlington IA – Capitol Theater TICKETS

Little bit off in the future, but heads up… looks like Eric Ambel will be opening the shows in Decatur and Nashville! Will we eat Nashville Hot Chicken? Oh, the suspense!!! Stay tuned…

May 12 : Decatur GA – Eddie’s Attic – TICKETS
May 13 : Nashville TN – 12th & Porter – TICKETS
May 14 – Maryville TN –  The Shed – TICKETS

We’ll have more news and summer tour dates to tell you about very soon.

Thanks for your continued support
Brian, Mark, John & Keith
Bottle Rockets


We’re excited to be playing a benefit show on March 26 to raise funds for South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis.

We’re very excited to announce the Saint Louis premiere of our long-awaited movie!

Thursday, February 11
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63103

Doors open at 7pm
Movie starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are going fast! Don’t delay.


In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert DVD. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project that featured a documentary. Over six years in development, Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person is at last released. The incendiary live footage includes time-honored, fan-favorite songs, as well as the first performances of songs from The Bottle Rockets’ 2009 Bloodshot Records album Lean Forward. The documentary portions consist of engaging interviews with the band and lyricist Scott Taylor, incorporating rare memorabilia and personal archives from their earliest years and throughout their career. Directed and co-produced by John Boston, Welcome To Our Movie showcases an American rock-n-roll band performing at fighting weight and telling their unlikely success story.

Bottle Rockets fans were inspired by the original music video for “Dog”  and sent us videos of their pooches. Here they are set to the song.

ATTENTION! Due to the massive blizzard coming to the east coast, the shows in Washington DC on Jan 22 and Baltimore on Jan 23 have been postponed to a later dates. We’re working on re-scheduling and will let you know as soon as we have new dates confirmed. Be safe and stay warm.

We Want To See Your Dog!

January 7, 2016

Now that you’ve had time to fall in love with the “Dog” music video featuring many of our musical friends and their pups, now it’s time for us to see YOUR pooches! Send a 5-10 second clip of you and your canine companion (along with your name, your dog’s name, and your location) to, and we’ll pick our favorites to be included in a special FANS version of the “Dog” music video. Deadline is 5PM on Friday January 15th. Let’s see those mutts! (Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the video.)

We’re excited to share our video for the song “Dog” from our new album ‘South Broadway Athletic Club’ available on CD, vinyl LP, or digital:…

Thank you to Carlene Carter, Neko Case, Chuck Ragan, Kelly Hogan, Ha Ha Tonka, Murder By Death, Jesse Sykes, The Mastersons, Cory Branan, Scott H. Biram, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Yawpers, Scott McCaughey, Limbeck, Will Kimbrough, Amy Gore, Freakwater, Few Spirits, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and all of their pooches.

Edited by Mike Smith

Support our furry friends at and



The Bottle Rockets have been a working band for 20-plus years, creating a mix of country, rock, punk and that unidentifiable something that has caught audiences for over two decades.  On their latest release, South Broadway Athletic Club, we find Mr. Brian Henneman writing his best tunes yet, songs that are humorous, sad, and straightforward. If you’re looking for an album with a lot of bells and whistles, the new release on Bloodshot most likely won’t do.  The band compliments Henneman’s direct and honest lyrics, by occasionally adding a flourish or subtle solo here and there.  But these songs don’t need a lot of embellishment.  On tracks such as “Monday (Everytime I Turn Around),” there is the sense of the passing of time, the mutability of things, the reality that Monday will come and rear its ugly head once again.  Indeed, on the whole of S.B.A.C., there is a resolve to accept life as it is, or at least comment upon life as it is. Henneman has eyes and ears tuned to the everyday things around him and his music reflects this ability to face what’s in front of him.



We performed songs from “South Broadway Athletic Club” on borrowed instruments (including a Gibson Les Paul autographed by Les Paul!) at the SiriusXM Studios in NYC.

Saturday 10/24 9 am & 5 pm ET
Sunday 10/25 noon & 9 pm ET
on SiriusXM Outlaw Country (Channel #60)

Since the mid-1990s, Bottle Rockets bard Brian Henneman and his shifting ensemble of compadres (drummer Mark Ortmann is a constant) have been crafting heartland epics within a rock ‘n’ roll framework, that spill beer and stir the heart on impact. – Ann Powers, NPR Music
For two decades, the Bottle Rockets have been the best rock band no one has heard. The St. Louis group, still led by bard Brian Henneman, has flown under the radar while chronicling the struggles and joys of blue-collar America. This 11th album is slighter than the group’s finest records yet there are enough emotionally true narratives here brimming with soul and bruised wisdom. – Boston Globe
Utterly familiar yet amazingly fresh on every album, Brian Henneman and company have made loose-jointed, empathetic roots-rock for more than two decades. – Mother Jones
Singer-guitarist Brian Henneman and his St. Louis crew are in fine form on their first studio disc since 2009… Count me in. – Sun Media
Few bands are better at evoking the large pleasures of small things than the Bottle Rockets. Their latest album “South Broadway Athletic Club” (Bloodshot Records) has 11 paeans to the little things that make life worth living. – News & Observer
Alt-country vet Brian Henneman is one of those guys who likes writing songs too much to quit. – Noisey/Expert Witness, Robert Christgau
The album finds the Rockets making rock and roll that’s as vital as ever… a no-frills, straightforward jab in the chest that packs one hell of a punch. – Glide Magazine
The Bottle Rockets are back and the world is a better place for it! – Rocking Magpie
The 11 new tracks will delight fans of leader Brian Henneman’s rapier wit, which speaks to everyday people with sarcasm, cynicism, and poignant, poetic prose. The Bottle Rockets sound remains classic, raw plugged in electric guitars and dynamic real drums, with a couple acoustic numbers added in for spice. – Innocent Words
The Bottle Rockets’ tenth studio album, 2015’s South Broadway Athletic Club, not only attests that Henneman’s lyrical voice rings as true as ever, it’s an excellent example of Grown Up Rock & Roll, unforced but passionate country-influenced rock that both musically and lyrically speaks of a richly lived life and the challenges of making one’s way in a world filled with both victories and defeats. – All Music
I’ve probably listened to “South Broadway Athletic Club” a couple of dozen times and keep putting it on again. There’s no higher praise I can give to a record. Grade: A+ – Lincoln Journal Star
A jubilant, rowdy collection of guitar-fueled rock and wry observations on the modern day trials and tribulations of average folks. Which is to say, it’s yet another beautifully written postcard from the Americana edges, in a 20-plus career full of ‘em. – Buffalo News
A lot of bands have staying power despite the fact that they never have a song that breaks through to commercial radio. The Bottle Rockets is one of those bands. – Examiner 
This is all top-notch stuff, and it’s good to know the Bottle Rockets are still cranking it out. – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Bottle Rockets have remained true to their roots, their environment and ultimately their fans by consistently producing great songs without all the vagaries of whatever passes for cool at the moment. – Ink 19
The band’s 12th release is just as engaging as any of its previous outings. – Winnipeg Free Press
Musically, the album continues in the Neil Young-turned-cowpunk sound that fans of Drive-By Truckers or 20th century Wilco know so well. – Playback StL