Personnel: Andy Hopkins (vocals, guitar, guitarron); Eric Mardis (vocals, guitar, banjo); Melissa Swingle (vocals, guitar, musical saw); Jim Krewson, Mark Gaskill, Jon Rauhouse, Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, Steve Frisbie, Catherine Irwin (vocals, guitar); Jonboy, Rex Hobart (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rosie Flores (vocals, electric guitar, background vocals); Pete Remenyi (vocals, resonator guitar); Kirk Rundstrom (vocals, dobro); Wayne Gottstine, Jennie Benford, Chas Williams (vocals, mandolin); David Perales (vocals, violin); Jeff Eaton (vocals, kazoo, sound effects); Rick "Cookin'" Sherry (vocals, clarinet); Janet Beveridge Bean (vocals, drums); Wammo (vocals, washboard); Christina Marrs, Cornell Hurd, Jane Baxter-Miller, Kim Lenz, Nora O'Connor, Cherilyn DiMond (vocals); Joe Eddy Hines, Scott Goolsby, Leroy Biller, Nick Curran, Tolan McNeil, Bill Anderson , Paul Skelton, Blackie White, John Spiegel, Carolyn Mark (guitar); Chris Scruggs (lap steel guitar, upright bass); Tom Ray (banjo, ukulele); Brent Martens, Bradford Hutchinson (banjo); Pete Stiles (mandolin); Darcie Deaville, Emma ODonnell (fiddle); Brian Standefer (cello); Andrew Bird (strings); Richard "Bad Dog" Power (baritone saxophone); Gary Schepers (tuba); Kent Kessler (upright bass); T.C. Dobbs, Terry Kirkendall, Jamal Ruhe, Brad Goolsby, Chris Dettloff, Garth Johnson, Scotty Tecce (drums); Danny Roy Young (rub-board); Colin Mahoney, Mr. Spanky (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Ken Sluiter; Mike Hagler.
Recording information: Backwards 'D' Double 'I' Studios, Kansas City, KS; Circle R, Tempe, AZ; Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL; Lucky Mouse Studio, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Manzanita Studio, Franklin, TN; Plugged Nickle Studios, Austin, TX; Rome Recording Studios, Columbus, OH; Soundgun Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Stinkpole, Chicago, IL; The Adobe, Cave Creek, AZ; The Raven, Healdsburg, CA; Yorktown Studios, Dallas, TX; Z'Gwon, th Studio, Lawrence, KS.
Arrangers: Calvin Dick; Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops; One Riot One Ranger; Split Lip Rayfield; The Meat Purveyors; Waco Brothers; Tolan McNeil; Trailer Bride; Garth Johnson; Carolyn Mark.
The concept of children's music made by cool, adult-oriented artists is far from new, but THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN gives the idea a different spin. The rough-and-ready indie Americana label Bloodshot brings together as many of their artists as they can lay their hands on for an alt-country kids' album that features everyone from newgrassers Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops to premier cowpunks the Waco Brothers, and enlists them all in delivering raw, rootsy, and, yes, tot-friendly tunes.