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

We’re on the Charts!

October 13, 2015


Our new album debuted at #17 on the Billboard HeatSeekers Album Chart!

If you don’t have the album yet… get it from one of these links.

Pledge Music
Bloodshot Records
Blue Rose Records in Europe


Our new album “South Broadway Athletic Club” has been released. You can get it where fine music is sold…

Pledge Music
Bloodshot Records
Blue Rose Records in Europe

We greatly appreciate your continued support. Bottle Rockets fans are the best fans on the planet.

Brian, Mark, John and Keith.


Join us at Vintage Vinyl on Friday, October 2 at 7pm to celebrate the release of our new album “South Broadway Athletic Club.” We’ll be playing a bunch of the new songs for the first time anywhere.


September 28, 2015

Fri Oct 2 : St Louis MO @ Vintage vinyl – 7pm

Sat Oct 3 : Highland Park IL
with Marshall Crenshaw

Tue Oct 6 : Buffalo NY @ Sportsmen’s Tavern
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Wed Oct 7 : Rochester NY @ Abilene Bar and Lounge
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Thu Oct 8 : Boston MA @ Atwood’s Tavern
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Fri Oct 9 : New York NY @ Bowery Electric
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Sat Oct 10 : Metuchen NJ @ Old Franklin Schoolhouse
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Sun Oct 11 : Philly PA @ Milkboy
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Mon Oct 12 : Wash DC @ Gypsy Sally’s
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Tue Oct 13 : Carborro NC @ Cat’s Cradle
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Wed Oct 14 : Charlotte NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Thu Oct 15 : Asheville NC @ Grey Eagle
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Fri Oct 16 : Knoxville TN @ Barley’s Taproom
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Sat Oct 17 : Atlanta GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

Fri Nov 20 : Milwaukee WI @ Shank Hall

Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL @ The Hideout

Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL @ The Hideout

Sat Nov 28 : St. Louis MO @ Off Broadway

More shows to be added. Check back for updates.


Yup, our new album is coming soon! As it’s a special one for us, we wanted to do something equally special in releasing it to the world. We’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic (along with our good friends at Bloodshot Records) to make this happen!


Here’s how it works – you can pre-order any of the items listed on our Pledge Music page. We put up some pretty cool and unique things that we hope you’ll enjoy. Everyone who pre-orders the digital album will get a download sent to you on the release date, October 2. All physical pre-order items; CDs, LPs, posters, shirts, hats…. will start shipping the first week of October and will continued to be shipped as new orders come in.

Once you pre-order anything here, you get instant access to a special part of the site via the ‘AccessPass.’ Here, we’ll be posting exclusive recordings and more special content.

Thanks for being the best fans on the planet!

Brian, Mark, John, Keith


We’re very excited to announce our new album! “South Broadway Athletic Club” will be released by Bloodshot Records on October 2. NPR has premiered the first single, “Monday (Everytime I Turn Around)”

Check it out here.

“Have you been waiting for the return of the Bottle Rockets? If you love indie-minded roots music, you have — even if you’re not familiar with the veteran St. Louis band.” – Ann Powers, NPR Music

Pre-order form Bloodshot Records


We’re excited to be playing the Downhome Music Festival in Springfield IL on August 7th. Come out and say “Hello!”