BROX reissue first two discs
Thursday, October 3, 2013
– The Bottle Rockets are reissuing its long out-of-print, first two albums "Bottle Rockets" and "The Brooklyn Side" on Nov. 19 via Bloodshot Records.
This is the 20th anniversary of the 1993 release of the band's debut, self-titled album.
SPIN.com announced the deluxe package's release date and are currently premiering an exclusive track from the album, a bonus cut of Indianapolis, recorded in 1991 with Brian Henneman on guitar and vocals, backed by Uncle Tupelo's Jeff Tweedy (now of Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). The song is one of four demo takes on the reissues package, and was part of the recording that originally got The Bottle Rockets signed to their first record label (ESD) in the early 1990s.
The two discs are collected here as a remastered two-CD deluxe reissue set of the long out-of-print albums, with an additional 19 previously unreleased tracks. The package consists of a 40-page booklet detailing the band in full context of the '90s alt- scene, with editorial contributions from respected peers and fellow musicians such as Steve Earle, Patterson Hood and Lucinda Williams. Both reissued albums and bonus material were remastered under the supervision of Eric "Roscoe" Ambel.
Upcoming tour dates:
Dec. 7 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO +
Dec. 13 - The Hideout - Chicago, IL +
Jan. 23 - Narrows Center for the Arts Presents - Fall River, MA *
Jan. 24 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT *
Jan. 25 - Iron Horse - Northampton, MA *
Jan. 26 - Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH *
Jan. 30 - Boulton Center for the Performing Arts - Bay Shore, NY *
Jan. 31 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA *
Feb. 1 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ *
Feb. 2 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA *
Feb. 4 - Ashland Coffee and Tea - Ashland, VA *
+ with Otis Gibbs
* with Marshall Crenshaw
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