EVENT: The Bottle Rockets Re-Release Party
DATE: Tuesday, November 19
Euclid Records is thrilled to celebrate the reissue of the band’s long-out-of-print first two classic albums with a stripped down acoustic performance by the Bottle Rockets on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm. The Bottle Rockets have appeared at Euclid Records several times over the years, and we are particularly excited that the band will appear in our store in honor of this occasion. Euclid Records is located at 19 N. Gore in Webster Groves.
The Bottle Rockets were formed in 1992, and within the first three years of their career they recorded Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side, containing many songs which remain staples of their live shows. “Wave That Flag,” “Kerosene,” “Manhattan Countryside,” “Welfare Music,” “Thousand Dollar Car,” and “I’ll Be Coming Around” were all first recorded on these two classic albums. Unfortunately, the band’s first record company, East Side Digital, went out of business shortly after, and the second, Atlantic Records, soon found themselves more interested in other artists. So, neither of these masterpieces of rock’n’roll Americana have been available for many years.
They are being collected on a two-CD deluxe reissue set released by Bloodshot Records on Tuesday, November 19. The package includes an extensive 40-page booklet detailing the band in full context of the ‘90s alt-country 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.
Though the Bottle Rockets have undergone membership changes since these albums were recorded, original lead singer and guitarist Brian Henneman and drummer Mark Ortmann have continued to play together since the day they met over 30 years ago. Joined by a second masterful guitarist John Horton in 2003, and bassist Keith Voegele in 2006, the Bottle Rockets have refined and mastered the sound which they birthed with extraordinary precision on these early records. This performance will be a rare one in the band’s semi-home town of St. Louis (Henneman and Horton live in the area), though a full-scale electric show is scheduled for Off Broadway on December 7.