Cambridge, Mass. – February 20, 2009 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the debut of five alternative country acts to the Rock Band® Music Store catalog of downloadable content including artists Neko Case, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s. Rock Band fans will also get a 3-pack from alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World.

“Alt Country 01” 5-pack features a signature mix of alternative country sounds from bluegrass and rockabilly to honky-tonk rock. The 5-pack includes “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Neko Case’s soon-to-be released album Middle Cyclone (March 3, 2009), “Can’t Let Go” by Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams from her album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998) and Steve Earl’s “Satellite Radio” from his album Washington Square Serenade (2007). The 5-pack also features “Three Dimes Down” from southern rock band Drive-By Truckers featured on the Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (2008) album and the Old 97’s live recording “Timebomb” from the band’s Alive & Wi red (2005) album.

Jimmy Eat World makes its second Rock Band appearance with a 3-pack that includes “Lucky Denver Mint” from the band’s 1999 album Clarity. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the album’s release Jimmy Eat World will set out on a short 10 stop tour starting February 23rd where they’ll play Clarity in its entirety for the crowd. The Jimmy Eat World 3-Pack will also feature tracks “Futures” (Futures, 2004) and “Sweetness” from the band’s 2001 album Bleed American. The band’s hit “The Middle” was featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

Release Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360®)
Thursday, February 26, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **


Neko Case ”People Got A Lotta Nerve”
Steve Earle “Satellite Radio”
Lucinda Williams “Can’t Let Go”
Drive-By Truckers “Three Dimes Down”
Old 97’s “Timebomb (live)”
Jimmy Eat World “Futures”
Jimmy Eat World “Lucky Denver Mint”
Jimmy Eat World “Sweetness“

(All tracks are original master recordings)

Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
$8.49 (680 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Alt Country Pack 01
$5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Jimmy Eat World Pack 01

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360

Music Videos: 

Click on the track below to view the song’s corresponding music video. Videos can be embedded on your website.
Steve Earle “Satellite Radio”
Jimmy Eat World “Sweetness“
Jimmy Eat World “Lucky Denver Mint”

Website Links:
For more information, please visit:
Rock Band Website
Drive By Truckers Website
Lucinda Williams Website
Neko Case Website
Steve Earle Website
Old 97’s Website
Jimmy Eat World Website

Rock Band 2 is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo.

There are now more than 560 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans’ and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock with more than 36 million paid downloads since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.
Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

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