Bottle Rockets and Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express on the same bill. Let that sink in. Call in your last babysitter card, call in sick to work, whatever it takes, these shows are gonna be off the charts. It’s taken 23 years for them to materialize, and they may never happen again. But the stars aligned and here we go, with a double bill for the ages. Make no mistake, this is the bigtime. This is rock and roll. Here are the lucky towns that get to see it all go down…

THU March 16 : High Noon Saloon – Madison WI – TICKETS
FRI March 17 : Old Town School of Folk – Chicago – TICKETS
SAT March 18 : Shank Hall – Milwaukee – TICKETS
TUE March 28 : The Hamilton – Wash DC – TICKETS
WED March 29 : Bowery Ballroom – NYC – TICKETS
THU March 30 : World Cafe Live – Philadelphia PA – TICKETS
FRI March 31 : Club Helsinki – Hudson NY – TICKETS
SAT April 01 : Iron Horse – Northamton MA – SOLD OUT

Then a one off with Marshall Crenshaw. We open, then perform as his band. Always a good show. We are experienced. Are you experienced? If not, show up and get EXPERIENCED!!!

SUN April 02 : Stage One – Fairfield CT – TICKETS

But wait…there’s MORE!!! A couple of our beloved all acoustic living room shows. These are always more fun than the proverbial “Barrel Of Monkeys”…

TUE April 04 : Living Room Show – Cleveland OH – TICKETS
WED April 05 : Living Room Show – Columbus OH – TICKETS

Then the grand return to one of our favorite places. Valparaiso. Who knew? We didn’t. For YEARS, then, it all became clear. All it took was to finally play a show there. This is a great town, and we’re very excited to be comin’ back!

SAT April 15 : Memorial Opera House – Valparaiso IN – TICKETS

We’ll see you out there!

Brian + Mark + John + Keith
Bottle Rockets

2017 Tour Dates Announced!

January 6, 2017

Happy New Year friends! We have a ton of tour dates coming up with some very cool folks. It’s gonna be a really busy and fun year. Come out and say “Hello!”

Ticket links HERE

Co-headline with Marshall Crenshaw
Jan 26 : Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville KY
Jan 27 : The Shed – Maryville TN
Jan 28 : The Crimson Moon – Dahlonega GA
Jan 29 : City Winery – Atlanta GA
Jan 30 : City Winery – Nashville TN
Feb 1 : Cat’s Cradle – Carrborro NC
Feb 3 : Birchmere – Alexandria VA
Feb 4 : Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville PA

with Old 97’s
Feb 25 : Ponte Vedre Concert Hall – Ponte Verdre FL

Outlaw Country Cruise
Feb 26 – March 2

Co-headline with Elizabeth Cook
March 4 : Cox Capitol Theatre – Macon GA

Co-headline with Chuck Prophet
March 16 : High Noon Saloon – Madison WI
March 17 : Old Town School of Folk – Chicago
March 18 : Shank Hall – Milwaukee
March 28 : The Hamilton – Wash DC
March 29 : Bowery Ballroom – NYC
March 30 : World Cafe Live – Philadelphia PA
March 31 : Club Helsinki – Hudson NY
April 01 : Iron Horse – Northamton MA

Bottle Rockets headline show
April 15 : Memorial Opera House – Valparaiso IN

More shows will be announced soon.


We’re excited to be playing shows with Marshall Crenshaw in December. We’ll be playing a full set of our songs, then we’ll join Marshall on stage to back him up for a set of his songs. These shows are always fun! Come out and say “Hello!”

Dec 1 – Springfield MO – Linberg’s – TICKETS
Dec 2 – Tulsa OK – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 3 – Little Rock AR – Whitewater Tavern – SOLD OUT
Dec 4 – Denton TX – Dan’s Silverleaf – TICKETS
Dec 5 – Austin TX – 3TEN Austin City Limits Live – TICKETS
Dec 6 – Houston TX – Continental Club – TICKETS
Dec 8 – San Antonio – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Dec 10 – Ft Worth TX – Live Oak Music Hall – TICKETS
* 2pm Matinee show

September & October Tour Dates!

September 20, 2016


We have some shows comin’ up. The Americanafest in Nashville, Tennessee is always a wild time. Here’s where we will purvey our Americana wildness this year…

Sept 22 : Nashville TN – Basement East – AMA SHOW
Sept 23 : Nashville TN – Groove Records . Bloodshot Party – FREE SHOW


Then, it’s off for some of those extra super fun acoustic living room shows, ending with the Albino Skunk Festival that will feature acoustic AND electric performances from us…

Oct 1 : Arlington VA – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
Oct 2 : Philadelphia – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Oct 4 : Metuchen NJ – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Oct 5 : Ringwood NJ – Live At Drew’s – RSVP
Oct 6 : Fairfield PA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Oct 7 : Raleigh NC – Living Room Show – RSVP
Oct 8 : Greer SC – Albino Skunk Festival – TICKETS

Also…can’t leave without mentioning what has become an annual tradition, our “Thanksgiving Weekend” hometown show. Hope to see some of you at some of these. Some of you at all of these is better. All of you at all of these is best. All of you at some of these would be almost as good as that…

November 26 : St Louis – Off Broadway – TICKETS

We’ll see you out there.
Brian, Mark, John and Keith
Bottle Rockets!


The Living Room Shows are coming! The Living Room Shows are coming! Tickets on sale NOW! Act fast, they go quick. Acres of fun, in somebody’s living room! Acoustic guitars, no microphones, just the freewheelin’ Bottle Rockets blowin’ into town, playin’ an all request show in a living room, and blowin’ on out. Arena rock excitement, without the arena inconveniences, like crazy ticket prices, terrible seats, and 9 dollar beers. How many 40 dollar lawn tickets 300 yards from the stage must a man go down, before they call him a foolish man? The answer my friends, is blowin’ in the living room, the answer is blowin’ in the living room…


Oak Park IL – August 18 – SOLD OUT
Madison WI – August 19 – SOLD OUT
Downers Grove IL – August 20 – SOLD OUT
Bloomington-Normal IL – August 21 @ 5pm
Springfield MO – August 26 – SOLD OUT
Columbia MO – August 27 – SOLD OUT
St. Louis MO – August 28 @ 5pm

UPDATE: July 21, 2016

We’ve been intentionally quiet the past few weeks about my stolen cymbals and didn’t share news because sensitive info was developing with the case. However, the good news can be announced that all, except for one, of my items have been recovered and are now back in my possession again! The details can’t be publicized yet since the investigation is still in progress, but the thief has been identified and contacted, and the case is moving forward.

Much thanks to the managers and employees at Guitar Center in Crestwood for their cooperation, and very special thanks to Gian Vianello at Maplewood Pawn Shop for going above and beyond my hopes or expectations! Gian runs an honest business and is one of the good guys — he has my major respect and gratitude. Also a special shout-out goes to Chris Snider for having been on the right scent. He and I spotted some of my stuff on the Guitar Center web site at the same time. Thanks for all the support from our fans and social media community. The buddy system does work!


Someone has stolen Bottle Rockets’ drummer, Mark Ortmann’s entire collection of cymbals. These were taken from a locked storage space at his apartment building sometime between May 25 and June 19. Please keep an eye out at area pawn shops, music stores, Ebay and Craigslist. Please get in touch right away if you come across anything from the list below ( And please help us spread the word by sharing this. Thanks for your help!
(3) XL Specialty Protechtor cymbal cases / black
(1 pair) 14″ A Zildjian Quick Beat Hi-Hats (circa 1984)
(1) 20″ A Zildjian Crash Ride (circa 2000)
(1) 22″ A Zildjian Ping Ride (circa 1984)
(1) 19″ K Zildjian Crash Thin (brilliant finish / circa 1995)
(1) 20″ Zildjian A Custom Crash
(1) 18″ K Zildjian Dark Crash Medium-Thin
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (low note)
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (mid note)
(1) 18″ A Zildjian Crash Medium-Thin (high note)
(1 pair) 14″ Zildjian K Constantinople Hi-Hats (circa 2000)
(1) 18″ Zildjian K Constantinople Crash (circa 2000)
(1) 20″ Zildjian K Constantinople Medium Ride (circa 2000)
(1) 20″ Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz Ride
(1) 19″ Sabian AAX X-Plosion Crash
(1) 18″ Sabian HHX Chinese Crash
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Presented by Sandwich Life House Concerts and Undertow!
Bottle Rockets – Living Room Show
Fri, June 24 / Champaign IL
doors open at 7pm / show stars at 8pm
Buy Tickets


June 8, 2016

We’re playing some shows this month. Come out and say “Hello!”

Thursday, June 23 – Valparaiso IN – Front Porch Music Series

Friday, June 24 – Champaign IL – Living Room Show @ Undertow

Saturday, June 25 – Effingham IL – Moccasin Creek Fest

Tour Dates / May 2016

April 29, 2016

Heads up! 
Thursday, May 12 : Decatur GA @ Eddie’s Attic
Eric Ambel opening the show. Eric will be solo. Alone, with his guitar. Because that’s the way he wants it, and we know better than to argue. Last time we played here was with Marshall Crenshaw. We arrived so late, some of you helped us load in. We’ll try our very best to not make that happen this time. But bring work gloves, just in case…
Friday, May 13 : Nashville TN @ 12th & Porter
Once again, with Eric Ambel. Same deal, Eric’s solo. We don’t play in Nashville very often, Eric plays Nashville even less, so if you live in the area, you might wanna seriously consider coming to this.
Saturday, May 14 : Maryville TN @ The Shed
No Eric on this show, but we’ll do our best to make up for the loss. These are always fun shows at The Shed, and since it IS a shed, there is a roof. No need to fear precipitation, or sunburn, or moonburn, or being photographed by a Google Maps plane. Come on down!
See you very, very soon. Bring friends…
Brian, Mark, John & Keith
Bottle Rockets


How You Can Help Bands!

April 7, 2016

If you haven’t read this yet, read it. Some people think David Lowery is a shit disturber, but really, he’s a working musician, tellin’ it exactly like it is in these end days of the music business. If you wanna help… Next time you go to see a band you love who are traveling in a van, humpin’ their own gear, resist your generous offer to buy them a round of drinks, and buy their CD instead. Even if you already have it. Give it to a friend who doesn’t have it. Donate it to a library, whatever. THAT is what will help the band. That’s the generosity that will make a difference. 9 times out of 10, the band has been getting free drinks from the venue since soundcheck. Buying the music is what keeps us all rollin’ out there. – Brian Henneman