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Bottle Rockets – Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with the Bottle Rockets

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Bottle Rockets
Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with the Bottle Rockets

(Bloodshot)

The Bottle Rockets have been around for 19 years, pickin’ in true Americana style and tossing out whip-smart lyrics as if they were set in stone. All of their material has one thing in common: it can be played quiet or loud; it doesn’t matter. That’s the point of Not So Loud—these songs are performed mostly as they were originally written; they just don’t have the amps cranked to 11.

Fans get a chance to really hear and learn these songs, aptly recorded in the studious setting of an old schoolhouse. Many fan favorites are here, including the classic opener “Early In The Morning,” the hilarious “Perfect Far Away,” the lonesome “Smokin’ 100’s Alone,” the classic “Rural Route,” (which perfectly encapsulates this band and what it stands for) and all-time favorite “Kerosene,” a tearful ode to a family burned alive when they decided to improvise and use gasoline instead of kerosene to heat their rundown mobile home: “…they hated that goddamn trailer so it burnt ’em up alive…” An absolute gem of an album.

—Tom Hallett

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