Review: “1000 Dollar Car,” by Bottle Rockets


TRACK 7

“1000 Dollar Car”

From Bottle Rockets’ Not So Loud (Bloodshot)

Liner notes: “A thousand-dollar car, it ain’t worth shit/You might as well take your thousand dollars and set fire to it,” groans Brian Henneman, using wheezing harmonica and lazy banjo to underscore his woe.

Behind the music: Henneman was a roadie for alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo in the early ’90s before forming the Bottle Rockets. Cut at a club in a converted schoolhouse in the band’s home base of St. Louis, Not So Loud trades the usual scruffy rock for acoustic settings that emphasize the quartet’s witty songwriting.

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