Bottle Rockets

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

A US quartet comprising Uncle Tupelo associate Brian Henneman (guitar/vocals), Tom Parr (guitar/vocals), Tom Ray (bass) and Mark Ortmann (drums), Bottle Rockets formed in Festus, Missouri, USA, in 1992. Henneman, Parr and Ortmann had originally played together in covers band Chicken Truck, alongside Parr’s brother BoHenneman’s appearance on Uncle Tupelo’s March 16-20, 1992 brought about a recording contract with independent label East Side Digital. The band’s ramshackle self-titled debut was recorded in five days with producer John Keane. The Brooklyn Side followed in 1994, and featured a distinctive, carefree blend of roots rock and barfly country songs expertly produced by Eric Ambel. Local reviews were strong, but the band were disgruntled to learn during sessions for a follow-up collection, 24 Hours A Day, that their future was in serious doubt. Tag, the record label that had signed them and redistributed The Brooklyn Side, had been taken...

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