Reckless Kelly is the rocking alt/country Austin based band via Bend, Oregon, where they originally formed, but moved to Texas as quick as they could. The band was organized and helmed by Braun brothers, Cody and Willy. Their father happened to have a western swing band, Muzzie and the Boys, where the boys cut their early musical chops.
Reckless Kelly’s debut “Millican” was released in 1998 and the title is a reference to Millican Oregon. The album has one of my favorite songs “Drink Your Whiskey Down”. In 2000 they released two albums “Acoustic: Live at Stubbs”, a great Austin barbeque joint, and “The Day”. The live album features covers of Bob Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues), AC/DC (You Shook Me All Night Long), and Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love).
In 2003 they switched labels and released “Under the Table and Above the Sun” on Sugar Hill Records who have had such high profile artist as Robert Earl Keen, James McMurtry, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Townes Van Zandt to name a few. They followed up with 2005’s “Wicked Twisted Road” which had three singles “These Tears’, “Stick Around”, and “Baby’s Got a Whole Lot More” that broke the Top 10 on the Texas Music Chart. In 2006 the live CD/DVD “Reckless Kelly Was Here” was released
In 2008 they again switched labels (Yup Roc Records) and released “Bulletproof” which the band taking umbrage with the current sociopolitical landscape. The single “Ragged as the Road” peaked at #1 on the Texas Music Chart.
Reckless Kelly Discography:
- Acoustic: Live at Stubbs
- The Day
- Under the Table and Above the Sun
- Wicked Twisted Road
- Reckless Kelly Was Here
- Best of the Sugar Hill Years
- Somewhere In Time
Top 5 Reckless Kelly Songs: (in no particular order)
- Let’s Just Fall (Under the table and Above the Sun)
- Drink Your Whiskey Down (Millican)
- Baby’s Got a Whole Lot More (Wicked Twisted Road)
- May Peace Find You Tonight (Under the table and Above the Sun)
- American Blood (Bulletproof)
Their music is typical alt/country with guitars (acoustic, electric, & occasional steel), bass, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and drums. They have a surprising pop sensibility with catchy hooks and well crafted songs. It is their ability to take tired themes (love, loss, redemption, etc…) and rejuvenate them with a fresh sound that is a combination of their musical prowess and the gruff, weathered vocal styling of Willy Braun. They are known for their straight forward musical approach, the connectivity and energy of their live shows, and the fierce loyalty of their fans
Check out Reckless Kelly at www.recklesskelly.com
Great music awaits!