One of America’s finest country-tinged rock bands has been doing it under the radar for thirty years- it’s about time you discovered how much you like them.
Brian Henneman and the boys from Missouri are one of my favorite Spotify era discoveries. I first stumbled upon them in 2014 when I heard the reissue of their first two albums, The Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side. Holy crap did that thing blow my mind, so much so that I still remember where I was when I heard it: on a solo drive up to Seattle to see my Family for Thanksgiving. Their music got me through a few hairy spots going over Snoqualmie Pass, and it has been a part of my life ever since.
For those who like bar-band rock and roll that lacks any pretension but kicks ass, this band is for you. If you are a fan of the more hillbilly style of guitar music, this band is for you. If you like socially aware and intelligent lyrics that (sometimes) go along with it- you guessed it, this band is for you. Sure, I have some favorites (“Dead Dog Memories”, “Indianapolis”, “Wave That Flag”, “Thousand Dollar Car”, “The Very Last Time”, “Align Yourself”) but this greatest hits collection I’ve curated is a surefire hootenanny.
Oh, and they also are clearly fans of my man Neil- it’s obvious from their loose, Crazy Horse-inspired style, as well as their epic take on “Farmer John”. This is 70 minutes of pure goodness, I promise. Stay thirsty for good music, my friends…
Spotify playlist link (shuffle play recommended): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7nLQQ7wZIKlTFIQOJMwNVQ?si=QN_mFFvdQ42i0sUT1-v3Ag
Breakdown by album:
The Bottle Rockets (4)
The Brooklyn Side (1)
24 Hours a Day (2)
Brand New Year (3)
Lean Forward (2)
Not So Loud (1)
The Bottle Rockets on Audiotree Live (2)
Bit Logic (2)