Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets

Album Reviews, Artists, Features, Music — By on August 23, 2011 8:14 pm

White Bluff, Nashville, and all of Middle Tennessee, today August 16, 2011, Bloodshot Records will release Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets. The album is a departure from the plugged in rock sound the band has been playing since their inception in 1992. The signature raucous rock sound has been stripped down to its acoustic roots, revealing the exceptional songwriting and musicianship of Bottle Rockets. Recorded in a 19th century St. Louis schoolhouse, Not So Loud draws songs from all eras of the Bottle Rockets discography and re-imagines them in their new acoustic form. This album is an astounding collection of songs that will appeal to fans in a wide variety of genres, including rock, country, folk, and bluegrass.

Not So Loud starts strong with the jangly banjo driven song “Early in the Morning.” The lyrics cleverly tell the story of a man who rarely sees early mornings and instead is more familiar with smoky bar rooms and neon lights. “Lucky Break” is an up tempo guitar driven rock song that recalls the motto of making the best of the opportunities when they are presented. Bluegrass, country, and folk fans will love “Rural Route.” The song is a high speed-foot stompin’-down home-pickin’ and grinin’-good time tune. The banjo and mandolin seem to be dueling in a fight for survival in this seven minute romp. The album ends with “Mom and Dad” a heartfelt song that shines a tender light on a more vulnerable side of the band.

Not So Loud shows the maturity of a band that has been together for almost nineteen years and played an innumerable number of shows together. The nakedness of the acoustic sound brings out the superbly crafted lyrics and reveals the artistic depth of the band as a whole. Bottle Rockets have already garnered a loyal following of fans in the genre of rock; however, with the American roots music based sound of their new album, they will reach a more diverse population of music listeners and are sure to inspire their existing fans while earning a legion of new ones as well. The americana charts are sure to be taken by storm when word of this new album spreads. For more information on Bottle Rockets visit their website On the site you will find tour date information, a complete discography, and much-much more. In conclusion, grab your copy of Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with Bottle Rockets you will not be disappointed if you do.

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