‘Bottle Rockets’¬†and ‘The Brooklyn Side’¬†are to be reissued as a remastered two-CD deluxe reissue set by Bloodshot Records.
These are long deleted albums with an 19 previously¬†unreleased tracks. The package consists of a 40-page booklet¬†detailing the band in full context of¬†the 1990s alt.country scene with contributions from Steve¬†Earle,¬†Patterson Hood, (of the Drive By Truckers), Lucinda Williams, and many others.¬†Both reissued albums and bonus material have been ¬†remastered under the supervision of famed¬†producer and musician¬†Eric ‚ÄúRoscoe‚ÄĚ Ambel.
Bottle Rockets¬†was originally released in 1993 and was¬†the first true showing of the band‚Äôs signature country aware,¬†rough and ragged rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll style, matched¬†with blue-collar songwriting skills, with¬†lyrics depicting the life and struggle of¬†everyday people. The eponymous album features¬†back-up vocal performances from former members of¬†Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy¬†(now of¬†Wilco) and¬†Jay Farrar¬†(now front the brilliant Son Volt). Bonus tracks include original demos from 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.country scene and¬†as The Bottle Rockets‚Äô most popular effort to date.
Following the album release, the band later signed with¬†major label¬†Atlantic Records, toured widely.¬†Bonus songs for¬†The Brooklyn Side¬†reissue include acoustic demos, unreleased tracks from¬†the album sessions, and live recordings from the era.
Listen to ‘Indianapolis’ by The Bottle Rockets with Uncle Tupelo.