The Bottle Rockets made a pit stop at Bloodshot headquarters in Chicago during their last tour, and they performed “White Trash,” a 1989 song by Chicken Truck, the band that evolved into The Bottle Rockets, live on camera for the first time.

The original version of the song appears on the 2013 ‘Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side’ deluxe reissue.


Spring & Summer Shows!

April 17, 2014

We’ve got a bunch of shows coming up in the next few months.

May 29 : The Magic Bag – Ferndale MI
Co-headline with James McMurtry

May 30 : Rhythm & Brews – Wapakoneta OH
Co-headline with James McMurtry

May 31 : Kent Stage – Kent OH
Co-headline with James McMurtry

June 01 : Nelsonville Music Fest – Nelsonville OH
Info & Tickets

June 03 : Sportsmen’s Tavern – Buffalo NY
Co-headline with James McMurtry

June 04 : Water Street Music Hall – Rochester NY
Co-headline with James McMurtry

June 05 : The Egg – Albany NY
Co-headline with James McMurtry

June 06 : Johnny D’s – Somerville MA
Bottle Rockets headline (no James McMurtry on this show)

June 07 : Roots on the River Festival – Bellows Falls VT
Co-headline with James McMurtry

June 28 : Moccasin Creek Festival – Effingham IL
with Fred Eaglesmith, Robbie Fulks and others

July 04 : FitzGerald’s American Music Festival – Berwyn IL
Bloodshot’s 20th Anniversary!
with Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, Cory Branan, Billy Joe Shaver and more!

July 07 : Chico’s Barn – Bovina NY
with special guests ESQUELA
Info & Tickets

July 08 : City Winery – New York NY – SOLD OUT
Co-headline with Marshall Crenshaw

July 09 : TBA
Co-headline with Marshall Crenshaw

July 10 : Concerts In The Studio – Freehold NJ
Co-headline with Marshall Crenshaw

August 23 : The Foundry – Dallas TX

October 17 : Harvest Music Festival – Ozark AR
full line-up to be announced soon

That’s it for now. We’ll see you at the show.



Steve Earle welcomes the Bottle Rockets for a special episode of his “Hardcore Troubadour Radio” show, featuring a full throttle electric in-studio performance including a brand new song!

Tune in for the premiere on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, Channel 60 on Saturday 2/15 9 pm ET, with replays on Sunday 2/16 9 am ET; Monday 2/17 1 am ET; Tuesday 2/18 Midnight ET and Wednesday 2/19 9 pm ET or listen OnDemand at or on the mobile app.


We’re doing more co-headline shows with Marshall Crenshaw. We’ll be playing our full set and then joining Marshall on stage as his backing band for a full set of his songs. These shows are always fun. See you there!

Feb 26: The Southgate House // Newport KY
Feb 28: Old Town School of Folk @ 7PM // Chicago IL
Feb 28: Old Town School of Folk @ 10PM // Chicago IL
Mar 01: Wooly’s // Des Moines IA
Mar 02: Sunday Roadhouse at The Waiting Room // Omaha NE
Mar 03: Knuckleheads // Kansas City MO

Ticket links can be found HERE.


Jan 23 : Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River MA
Jan 24 : Infinity Hall – Norfolk CT
Jan 25 : Iron Horse – Northampton MA
Jan 26 : Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry NH
Jan 27 : StageOne – Fairfield CT
Jan 29 : Sellersville Theater – Sellersville PA
Jan 30 : Boulton Center for the Arts – Bay Shore NY
Jan 31 : Birchmere – Alexandria VA
Feb 01 : The Newton Theatre – Newton NJ
Feb 28 : Old Town School of Folk – Chicago IL

Ticket links for all of these shows can be found HERE.

Photo by Kholood Eid.

Album Reviews: November 2013

November 26, 2013



* Both complete albums + 19 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
* Remastered under the supervision of Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.
* 2 CDs in a double digi-pack.
* 40 page booklet.


“The critical respect and commercial success the Drive-By Truckers would earn after 2001’s Southern Rock Opera was the victory the Bottle Rockets should have claimed, confirming there was an audience ready for their blue collar smarts and rowdy, guitar-fueled attack.” – All Music Guide

“If you don’t know the Bottle Rockets, there’s no better time to get acquainted.” – SPIN

“This two-disc, bonus track-laden reissue of their first two albums, from 1993 and 1994, feels utterly familiar, yet entirely fresh, suggesting everything from ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd to John Prine to Chuck Berry and the Clash, sometimes all within a single song. The tunes are uniformly fine, capturing vivid images of lives under stress with rowdy verve.” – Mother Jones

“Highly recommended: Two discs worthy of both buying and receiving this Christmas.” – No Depression

“With The Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side back in print, the band’s legacy as one of the best acts the Great Alt.Country Scare had to offer is assured.” – Big Takeover

“This is a perfect introduction to this band for those who haven’t yet heard them, and an essential for their truly devoted following.” – The Horn

“This reissue of the first two Bottle Rockets albums from ’93 and ’94 brings back with startling clarity how in tune Henneman was with the times, lyrically foreshadowing the decline of the middle class amid the rise of urban sprawl and taking well-aimed shots at unchecked racism and political correctness, all while leading his band like Warren Zevon fronting Crazy Horse.” – Exclaim

“Truly, any fan of the genre will find songs they connect with on this re-issue, as will country, rock and alternative fans who may have never heard The Bottle Rockets before. But this album is truly for the fans, and every one of them will eat it up.” – Mxdwn

“Hard-driving rock music delivered with a delicious dose of twang, the Bottle Rockets are an underappreciated treasure.” – The Daily News

“In the end, these are two of the best of the Bottle Rockets, containing many of the songs long-time fans want to hear at their lives shows, but when you add in the 19 tracks of unreleased demos, and rarities, it’s a true collector’s item.” – The Fire Note

“A two disc package with an extensive booklet it certainly sets the case for Bottle Rockets to reclaim their rightful place as pioneers of the ‘No Depression’ movement of the 90’s.” – Americana UK

“Craftsmanship and inspiration that defy genre, with choruses and bridges that seem eternal.” - LA Weekly

“Thankfully, they’re still at it, but this remains some of their finest work to date, and whether you missed them back in the day or are updating your library, this set is a must.” – All Music Guide

We stopped by the CMT studio in Nashville to talk about and perform Every Kinda Everything from our first album.


Release Date: November 19, 2013

* Both complete albums + 19 previously unreleased bonus tracks.
* Remastered under the supervision of Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.
* 2 CDs in a double digi-pack.
* 40 page booklet.




If you don’t know The Bottle Rockets, there’s no better time to get acquainted.” – SPIN

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 EarlePatterson 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.

Bottle Rockets was originally released in 1993 and was the first true showing of the band’s signature country-aware, rough and ragged rock ‘n’ roll style, matched with Henneman’s blue-collar songwriting skills, with lyrics depicting the life, struggle and dark humors of everyday people. The eponymous album notably features back-up vocal performances from former members of Uncle Tupelo:Jeff Tweedy (now of Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). Bonus tracks include original demos from Henneman, both solo and backed by the members of Uncle Tupelo, acoustic demos, and Chicken Truck/pre-Bottle Rockets-era recordings.

In 1994, The Brooklyn Side came out to a relatively greater amount of significant success, marked both by its stature in the now burgeoning alt- movement and as The Bottle Rockets’ most popular effort to date. Following the album release, the band later signed with major label Atlantic Records, toured widely, and reached a national audience with an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Bonus songs for The Brooklyn Side reissue include acoustic demos, unreleased tracks from the album sessions, and live recordings from the era.


Disc 1:
1. Early in the Morning
2. Gas Girl
3. Trailer Mama
4. Wave That Flag
5. Kerosene
6. Every Kinda Everything
7. Got What I Wanted
8. Manhattan Countryside
9. Rural Route
10. Bud Nanney Theme
11. The Very Last Time
12. Hey Moon
13. Lonely Cowboy
14. Indianapolis (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
15. Manhattan Countryside (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
16. Wallflower (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
17. Idiot’s Revenge (1991 Acoustic Demo with Uncle Tupelo’s Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar)
18. Dead Dog Memories (Acoustic Demo)
19. Hey Moon (1993 Radio Performance on Thirsty Ear)
20. Get Down River (1993 Radio Performance on Thirsty Ear)
21. White Trash (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
22. Radar Gun (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
23. Lonely Cowboy (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
24. Coffee Monkey (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
25. Wave That Flag (1989 Chicken Truck Version)
26. Brand New Year (1989 Chicken Truck Version)

Disc 2:
1. Welfare Music
2. Gravity Fails
3. I’ll Be Comin’ Around
4. Radar Gun
5. Sunday Sports
6. Pot of Gold
7. 1000 Dollar Car
8. Idiot’s Revenge
9. Young Lovers in Town
10. Take Me to the Bank
11. What More Can I Do
12. Stuck in a Rut
13. I Wanna Come Home
14. Queen of the World
15. This Is What It Sounds Like When You’re Listening to Lindsey Buckingham and Thinking of Your Friend’s Girlfriend at the Same Time (1994 Acoustic Demo)
16. Building Chryslers (1994 Acoustic Demo)
17. Smokin’ 100s Alone (1994 Acoustic Demo)
18. Truck Driving Man (Previously Unreleased Track)
19. Welfare Music (1994 Live at Mercury Lounge)
20. Farmer John (1994 Live at Mercury Lounge)


(photo: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage)

The Bottle Rockets performed at Mountain Stage a few weeks ago. The episode starts running this week on NPR stations nationwide. Air times vary by station. Check here for dates and times.

Their set will be available for streaming next week at and via mobile devices through the free NPR Music app.