You never know when those working-class stiffs and dreamers will get lucky. And you never know when the Bottle Rockets will surprise you. Even the mostly disappointing Brand New Year had the scorching ode to Nancy Sinatra, and the group's latest record, Songs of Sahm (Bloodshot) revives some of Doug Sahm's lesser-known tunes with a whole lot of Festus soul. The Bottle Rockets are as honest and unpretentious with those songs as they are with the Midwest underclass. They don't shy away from Sahm's hippie spirit, and they rock "I'm Not That Kat Anymore" and "You Can't Hide a Redneck (Underneath That Hippie Hair)" like no other band could. Onstage, their magically real Midwest world comes to hell's-bells rock & roll life, and you do not want to miss it.
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