An Excellent Roots Rock Party Kickstarted The Weekend

The Bottle Rockets, a roots rock band currently based in St. Louis, is yet another band that did not get onto my radar during the past twenty or so years.

Bottle Rockets

Bottle Rockets

They have toured through New England over the past year but I did not have the opportunity to see them until their show this weekend at Johnny D’s. A friend whose opinions I value had an extra ticket so I jumped on it.

Needless to say, I loved this show! It was the perfect antidote to a tiring week – high energy, talented musicians, fun songs, and one of my favorite venues in the area.

Bottle Rockets

Bottle Rockets

Brian Henneman on guitar and lead vocals, Mark Ortmann on drums, Keith Voegele on bass and backing vocals, and John Horton on lead guitar comprise The Bottle Rockets. Their synergy is wonderful to watch!

Brian Henneman

Brian Henneman

Mark Ortmann

Mark Ortmann

John Horton

John Horton

Keith Voegele

Keith Voegele with Brian

The band recently got back the rights to their first two albums, which they have re-mastered and combined with some never-before-released material on a double CD set. I am listening to it as I write and am re-experiencing the show.

I think the band’s biography explains them much better than I could, so I am borrowing their words:  “The Bottle Rockets never did it the easy way and never compromised their sound or themselves. Always too punk for country audiences, too genuine for the smug irony of the hipster scene, and too smart for the outdoor one-hitter rock festival crowd, The Bottle Rockets remained The Bottle Rockets.”

Brian with Keith

Brian with Keith

There was certainly no compromise in their sound. It was as fresh and relevant as I imagine it was in the mid-1990s.

There were some long-time fans in the audience including a couple who danced to more than half the songs, a fact that was appreciated by the band. I think they had as good a time as the Bottle Rockets did!

Brian with Keith

Brian with Keith

I look forward to seeing them again after I get myself familiar with their music! People who enjoy roots rock will probably enjoy The Bottle Rockets.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on June 8, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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