The Bottle Rockets

The Bottle Rockets were an American rock band formed in Festus, Missouri in 1992, and was based in St. Louis, Missouri. Its founding members were Brian Henneman (guitar, vocals), Mark Ortmann (drums), Tom Parr (1992–2002, guitar, vocals) and Tom Ray (1992–1997, bass guitar); the most recent lineup consisted of Henneman, Ortmann, John Horton (joined 2003, guitar)[1] and Keith Voegele[2][3] (joined 2005, bass, vocals). Most members of the band have contributed to their catalog of original songs, as have Robert Parr (Tom's brother) and schoolteacher Scott Taylor (who writes lyrics for some of Henneman's tunes).

The Bottle Rockets
The Bottle Rockets performing at The Hideout in Chicago in 2015
Background information
OriginFestus, Missouri, U.S.
GenresAlternative country, roots rock, outlaw country, cowpunk, Heartland rock, Southern rock
Years active1992–2021
LabelsBloodshot, Blue Rose, ESD, TAG, Atlantic Records
Past membersBrian Henneman
Mark Ortmann
John Horton
Keith Voegele
Robert Kearns
Tom Parr
Tom V. Ray

As noted in the New York Times by William Hogeland, the Bottle Rockets' songwriting has been likened to Woody Guthrie's folk style in spirit, smarts, and satire. The band's lyrics encapsulate the common experiences of the everyman, and are set to rousing and searing rock 'n' roll.[4][5] The band has been named as one of the leaders of the '90s alt-country/roots rock revival, alongside Uncle Tupelo.[6][7][8][9][10] The strong social commentary of their songs reflects the influences of Woody Guthrie, Neil Young and The Replacements.[4][11][12]