Sandwich Life House Concerts and Undertow Present…
Bottle Rockets – Living Room Show
Fri, June 24 / Champaign IL
doors open at 7pm / show stars at 8pm
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June 08 : Spokane WA – The Bartlett – TICKETS *
June 09 : Bellingham WA – The Wild Buffalo – TICKETS *
June 10 : Seattle WA – Neptune Theatre – TICKETS *
June 16 : Boise ID – The Olympic Venue – TICKETS *
June 17 : Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court – TICKETS *
June 18 : Denver CO – Lost Lake Lounge – TICKETS *
June 20 : Kansas City MO – Record Bar – TICKETS *
June 21 : Omaha NE – Reverb Lounge –  TICKETS *
June 22 : Davenport IA – Daytrotter – TICKETS *
June 23 : Madison WI – High Noon Saloon – TICKETS *
June 24 : St. Paul MN – Turf Club – TICKETS *
June 25 : Milwaukee WI – Colectivo Coffee – TICKETS *
June 27 : Louisville KY – Zanzibar – TICKETS *
June 28 : St. Louis MO – Old Rock House – TICKETS *
June 29 : Indianapolis IN – The HI-FI – TICKETS *
June 30 : Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall – TICKETS *
July 01 : Ferndale MI – The Loving Touch – TICKETS *
July 02 : Toronto ON – The Great Hall – TICKETS *
July 03 : Ottawa ON – Pressed – TICKETS *
July 05 : Cambridge MA – The Sinclair – TICKETS *
July 06 : Hamden CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space – TICKETS *
July 07 : Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg – TICKETS *
July 08 : Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS *
July 09 : Black Cat – Washington DC – TICKETS *
July 10 : Charlottesville VA – The Southern – TICKETS *
July 11 : Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – TICKETS *
July 13 : Asheville NC – Grey Eagle – TICKETS *
July 14 : Atlanta GA – The Earl – TICKETS *
July 16 : Anacortes WA – The Business – TICKETS
August 04 : Jacksonville FL – Jack Rabbits – TICKETS +
August 05 : Orlando FL – The Social – TICKETS +
August 06 : Tampa FL – Crowbar – TICKETS +
August 08 : Birmingham AL – The Syndicate – TICKETS +
August 09 : Nashville TN – Exit/In – TICKETS +
August 10 : Memphis TN – Hi-Tone Cafe – TICKETS +
August 11 : Little Rock AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack – TICKETS +
August 12 : Tulsa OK – The Vanguard – TICKETS +
August 13 : Denton TX – Dan’s Silverleaf – TICKETS +
August 14 : Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall – TICKETS +
August 15 : Austin TX – The Parish – TICKETS +
August 17 : El Paso TX – Bowie Feathers – TICKETS +
August 18 : Albuquerque NM – Low Spirits – TICKETS +
August 19 : Phoenix AZ – The Crescent Ballroom – TICKETS +
August 20 : San Diego CA – Casbah-  TICKETS +
August 21 : Costa Mesa CA – The Wayfayer – TICKETS +
August 22 : Los Angeles CA – Teragram Ballroom – TICKETS +
August 24 : San Francisco CA – The Independent – TICKETS +
August 27 : Portland OR – Mississippi Studios – TICKETS +
August 28 : Vancouver BC – The Biltmore Cabaret – TICKETS +

* with Laura Gibson
+ with Michael Nau


Tickets on sale now for the Midwest Living Room Tour! These shows are hosted in private spaces and each one is limited to 40-60 people. No stage, no sound system… just Will playing songs and telling stories. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The zip code is listed on the ticket page so you know the general location of the show happening in your town. You’ll get the full address to the secret location when your purchase is complete.

5/15 : Tulsa OK
5/16 : Springfield MO
5/17 : Omaha NE
5/18 : Sioux Falls SD
5/19 : Charles City IA
5/20 : Minneapolis MN
5/21 : Madison WI
5/22 : Milwaukee WI @ Club Giranldi’s
5/23 : Chicago IL
5/24 : St Louis MO
5/25 : Champaign IL
5/26 : Bloomington IN
5/27 : Lexington KY
5/28 : Louisville KY

As always, thanks for your continued support for these shows.



“Blanco” will be released world-wide on May 13, 2016 by the fine folks at Barsuk Records! Blanco is made up of songs that were previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2. David picked ten of those songs to update, remix and flesh out into a cohesive album format that’s easier for fans to collect and bring home.

Both Hands (Over My Eyes)
Kept Secrets
With You
Trouble With Boys
Little Landslide
Someone Else’s Bet
Over Again
Little Motor

Vinyl, CD or Cassette Tape signed by David Bazan
+ 18″x24” screen printed poster designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Turntable slip mat designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ T-shirt designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Immediate download of the first single “Trouble with Boys”
+ Full album download available on May 13
+ Orders placed by May 3 will be shipped to arrive on or before May 13

+ Mastered from hi-res audio without digital limiting or compression
+ Limited edition 150g white vinyl (blanco!)
+ Full-color gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

+ Full-color gatefold sleeve printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

+ High-quality analog tape transferred from hi-res audio.
+ White cassette tape shell
+ Standard clear plastic cassette case
+ Full-color artwork printed on J-card
+ Full-album download on release date

+ Shirt: American Apparel – Made in USA
+ Shirt color: New Silver
+ Poster size: 18″ x 24″
+ Poster paper: Heavy weight 100lb
+ Print Colors: Black, Blue, Magenta, Pink
+ Printed by Ink Tank in Omaha Nebraska

All-pre-orders will get immediate download of the first single from the album “Trouble With Boys.” The full album download will be available on May 13th. We expect to have vinyl, cds and cassettes in stock so that pre-orders placed by May 3 should be delivered or before May 13. International orders will take a little longer. Orders after May 3 will be shipped the next business day after the order is placed and might arrive to you after May 13. (You still get the full-album download on May 13).

Other items on the same order will be shipped with the pre-order items. You should place a separate order if you want the other items shipped immediately.



April 10 : Philadelphia PA – SOLD OUT
April 11 : Brooklyn NY – SOLD OUT
April 12 : Washington DC – SOLD OUT
April 14 : New Canann CT – SOLD OUT
April 15 : Newport RI – SOLD OUT
April 16 : Mt Vernon NY – SOLD OUT
April 17 : Boston MA – SOLD OUT


SXSW 2016

March 10, 2016


None of our artists will be at SXSW this year.

We’re very excited to announce the Saint Louis premiere of the Bottle Rockets long-awaited movie!

Thursday, February 11
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63103

Doors open at 7pm
Movie starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are going fast! Don’t delay.


In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert DVD. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project that featured a documentary. Over six years in development, Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person is at last released. The incendiary live footage includes time-honored, fan-favorite songs, as well as the first performances of songs from The Bottle Rockets’ 2009 Bloodshot Records album Lean Forward. The documentary portions consist of engaging interviews with the band and lyricist Scott Taylor, incorporating rare memorabilia and personal archives from their earliest years and throughout their career. Directed and co-produced by John Boston, Welcome To Our Movie showcases an American rock-n-roll band performing at fighting weight and telling their unlikely success story.


Pioneer House Gallery
413 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Opening Reception:
Friday November 13, 2015 6-9pm

In October of 1978, my dad (a University of Tennessee alum) took me to my first Tennessee Volunteers football game at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis; a frustrating loss to Mississippi State. A bitter cold swept in as the sun set, and I got sick on the way home. I thought it was the Wendy’s, but years later I considered the plausible scenario that it might have been my first true taste of internalized, spectator heartbreak. The mood was somber, and the car savage and foul, all the way home. Memphis was the closest town of any significant culture for those of us from across the river in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas, so I made it there a good bit as a kid. In the coming years my dad continued to turn me on to the magnitude of Tennessee football, kindly taking me back to the Liberty Bowl when the Vols would come west for the occasional home-away-from-home game. Thanks to him I got to see Reggie White, Willie Gault, and Bill Bates play at the height of their college careers. While most of the other kids in our neighborhood wore Staubach, Swann, or Bradshaw jerseys in our sandlot, full tackle games, I was the kid in the orange #6 Jimmy Streater jersey and homemade Power-T helmet, both gifts from my dad. I wore that jersey so thin that he chose to replace it a couple years later. Even as life took me southwest, I’ve been proud to follow along and watch the Vols from afar. Through good years and bad, it’s given my dad and I even more conversation to chew on, and I’ve long been grateful for that.

I get to travel a lot, but I’ve never gotten to spend much time in Knoxville. Next Saturday I’ll finally make it to Neyland Stadium for a game. It’s been both educational and nostalgic to assemble this show, and a chance to pay tribute to some of my favorite Vols football players. It’s also a good excuse to take an overdue road trip with my dad. There are some legends missing here and there, and I accepted that possibility from the start. There are many, and I figure that’s a good problem for a football program to have. I didn’t sweat a strict to-do list, but instead went with whatever player happened to inspire or intrigue me at the time the paints were out.

Thanks to my friends Bill Bayne and Julie Belcher for encouraging and enabling this show.

This one’s dedicated to my dad.

-Will Johnson, November 2015

Music is Valuable.

October 25, 2015

There’s no winning the argument between those who want to get paid and those who don’t want to pay. All we can do (the ones who want to get paid) is not allow our goods to be free. If someone wants it they’ll buy it. If they want to steal it, they’ll steal it. They were never going to pay for it anyway. The bottom line… if we create something and there’s demand for it and people enjoy and consume it… IT HAS TO BE PAID FOR. There’s really no other way to sustain this thing we all love. Music is magic; it soothes, it creates memories, it changes lives. It’s worth paying for. If it wasn’t so valuable, why does everyone want it so bad? Why does big tech use music as bait to sell everything else? Watch TV for an hour… music is everywhere. Go to any public gathering place… music is playing. Music is important. Just as important as your data plan, cable tv, $5 coffee drink, $8 craft beer, $10 cigarettes, $50 bag of weed and the $30 ironic t-shirt from the mall. People can afford to buy a lot of music… they just need to shift their priorities. And for the record… unless it’s a band I work for… I paid for every song, cd, lp, and band t-shirt I have. And I pay for all shows I go to. I’m not rich. But I make a budget for stuff I care about. It was easy… I stopped drinking so much. 4 beers per week cost about $20 or $80 per month. That’s enough money to buy 8 albums on iTunes every month. You can buy almost 100 albums a year by drinking 4 beers less per week. I did it. You can do it too.

Thanks for listening and supporting.


The Bottle Rockets new album “South Broadway Athletic Club” has been released. You can get it where fine music is sold…

Pledge Music
Bloodshot Records
Blue Rose Records in Europe

The band hits the road for a bunch of shows. Come out and say hello!

Fri Oct 2 : St Louis MO – Vintage Vinyl – 7pm
Sat Oct 3 : Highland Park IL – w/ Marshall Crenshaw
Tue Oct 6 : Buffalo NY – Sportsmen’s Tavern
Wed Oct 7 : Rochester NY – Abilene Bar and Lounge
Thu Oct 8 : Boston MA – Atwood’s Tavern
Fri Oct 9 : New York NY – Bowery Electric
Sat Oct 10 : Metuchen NJ – Old Franklin Schoolhouse
Sun Oct 11 : Philadelphia PA – MilkBoy
Mon Oct 12 : Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s
Tue Oct 13 : Carborro NC – Cat’s Cradle
Wed Oct 14 : Charlotte NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Thu Oct 15 : Asheville NC – Grey Eagle
Fri Oct 16 : Knoxville TN – Barley’s Taproom
Sat Oct 17 : Atlanta GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
Fri Nov 20 : Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall
Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL – The Hideout – EARLY SHOW
Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL – The Hideout – LATE SHOW
Sat Nov 28 : St. Louis MO – Off Broadway

* October 6-17 is with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

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