Exclusive Premiere: The Bottle Rockets — “Smokin’ 100s Alone”

Juli Thanki | August 11th, 2011

bottlerocketsSt. Louis band The Bottle Rockets have been making killer Americana music for the past twenty years.

On August 16, their eleventh album, Not So Loud, is being released on Bloodshot Records. As the title suggests, it’s an acoustic album, recorded in April 2007 at St. Louis’ Lucas School House. If you’re not a fan of the band’s boisterous roots rock, give this album a few spins and see if you don’t change your mind. It’s a solid showcase of their lyrical and musical talents.

The Bottle Rockets are currently touring with Marshall Crenshaw. In the autumn, they’ll co-headline a few dates with Elizabeth Cook. Right now, we’re excited to premiere “Smokin’ 100s Alone,” one of the tracks from Not So Loud.

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  1. nm
    August 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Oh, I love the BoRox. How I wish they would play Nashville more than once every five years or s.

  2. Kelly
    August 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I too love the Brox. this has beena great listen and really shows that Brian and the gang know how to bust out a great tune, regardles of whether the instruments are plugged-in or not.

  3. Rick
    August 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t care for these libs or their music at all, which I consider highly over-rated. I think Elizabeth Cook should instead be touring with Marshall Crenshaw rather than these bozos as that would be a pairing I’d love to see in concert! Sheesh….

  4. Matt Bjorke
    August 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hmm, thought that ‘politics’ was supposed to be ‘removed’ from here. Also, I never have chosen music I listen to by what political party an artist follows.

  5. Rick
    August 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Matt, you’ll notice I used the word “libs” and avoided my usual tendency towards inflammatory rhetoric. I purchased a used Bottle Rockets CD once that contained a real left leaning song and that was enough to put me off this band for good. If its done with humor, say as Jill Sobule does so well, then I can tolerate a wee bit of political correctness, emphasis on “a wee bit”…

  6. Sam G.
    August 12, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’ve been on a Bottle Rockets kick lately, and I’ve really underestimated their mellow songs. Maybe I’ve just never considered Brian Henneman a sensitive guy, but he can write some really touching songs.

  7. nm
    August 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Sam, I think he uses humor to cover up a lot, but the sensitivity (or empathy, maybe?) is there going all the way back to the earliest albums.

    One of my favorite BoRox memories is all about the funny. They were in NYC recording, and decided to do an acoustic show for some reason. At this show they decided to take requests, one of which was for “Guitar Town.” Which was tough without an electric guitar, but they sang the lead guitar line.

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