Published Fri, Jan 11, 2013 3:04 pm Dateline
Last year, singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw celebrated the 30th anniversary of his debut self-titled LP.
At the time of its release in 1982, critics unanimously acclaimed it as a pop masterpiece and Crenshaw soon became regarded as one of the period's better songwriters.
That breakout album also spawned Crenshaw's biggest hit to date, "Someday, Someway."
Since then, Crenshaw has released 13 albums and written hundreds of songs.
St. Louis-based alt-country pioneers The Bottle Rockets are also celebrating an anniversary.
The band released its first album in 1993, also to critical acclaim. In their 20 years, they have recorded 11 albums, including two live recordings and a tribute to the late, great Doug Sahm of The Sir Douglas Quintet and The Texas Tornados.
The Bottle Rockets were also featured in the PBS documentary The Mississippi River of Song: The Grassroots of American Music, a film that that focuses on music and musicians from the river's headwaters in Minnesota to the Missisppi Delta and New Orleans.
The band's sound has often been compared to that of Neil Young's Crazy Horse and their lyrics are reminiscent of Woody Guthrie's populist approach to songwriting.
If there was a midwestern equivalent to southern rock, The Bottle Rockets would be the quintessential exponent of that genre.
Since 2011, Crenshaw and the band have periodically toured together. Their concerts open with The Bottle Rockets playing a full set of originals. Crenshaw is then backed by the band for the second half, which features songs from his catalog.
This year's 10-date tour commences on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, Ohio. For more information, visit www.theadelphia.com.