Felton Music Hall
***This is a standing room general admission show. There will be a limited number of chairs located in the back of the concert hall. Seating will be first come first served. The restaurant will be open for dinner starting at 4pm.
Felton Music Hall Presents:RECKLESS KELLY
Willy Braun (vocals, guitars, harmonium, percussion, harmonica) - Cody Braun (fiddle, mandolin, tenor guitar,harmonica, vocals) - Jay Nazz (drums, percussion) - Joe “Bass” Miller (bass)
For nearly 25 years, Reckless Kelly has graced the musical landscape with a high-powered form ofAmericana, equally rooted in raw passion, refined musicianship, and gritty authenticity. With the dualrelease of two new albums—American Jackpot and American Girls—the Idaho-bred band presents abeautifully detailed portrait of their beloved country, turning their nuanced songwriting to its manyglories and tragedies. While one batch of songs centers on slice-of-life storytelling and the other ex-plores the complexities of human connection, the collective body of work unfolds with a profoundand often eye-opening attention to the subtleties of American life.
Although Reckless Kelly initially intended to make just one album, the project took on a life of itsown once they headed into the studio. “I wanted to produce this one by myself, just to try that out,and I made sure to book plenty of studio time to get it done right,” says Willy. “We ended up mov-ing along really fast, so I pulled out a few more songs and figured we’d end up using them down theroad. Before we knew it, we had enough material for two really good records.”
The follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 album Sunset Motel, American Jackpot and American Girls em-body a wonderfully eclectic sonic palette, achieved with the help of V.I.P. guest musicians like GaryClark Jr. and Charlie Sexton, along with several members of their own legendary family (includingUncle Gary Braun on chromatic harmonica and their father Muzzie Braun on lead and harmonyvocals). Recorded at Arlyn Studios in their adopted hometown of Austin, both albums abound withan unbridled vitality—an element that has much to do with the band’s deliberate decision to keeppre-production to a minimum in order to harness the magic of in-studio spontaneity. “There’ssomething incredible about the first time you play a song really well together, and we don’t ever wantto waste that take on the rehearsal room,” Willy notes.
One of many songs penned with Idaho-born singer/songwriter Jeff Crosby, “I Only See You WithMy Eyes Closed” provides one of American Girls most haunting moments, its intensity heightened bySexton’s ethereal guitar work. But on “Lost Inside The Groove,” American Girls turns impossibly ju-bilant, bringing swinging rhythms and a fiery guitar solo to the song’s expression of lovestruck ado-ration. “Shawn Sahm sent me that song idea, so we worked it out and had him come down and playguitar and Vox Continental organ,” explains Willy, referring to the son of Sir Douglas Quintet/Texas Tornados founder Doug Sahm.
Though the two brothers first forged their musical partnership back in Idaho, they later decampedto Bend, Oregon, where they quickly linked up with Jay Nazz. Soon after forming Reckless Kelly(whose name nods to the legend of Australian highwayman Ned Kelly), the three musicians relocat-ed to Austin and rounded out the lineup with bassist Joe Miller and guitarist David Abeyta (who ex-ited the band after the release of Sunset Motel). Over the years, they’ve delivered a string of criticallylauded albums, including 2011’s Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love and 2013’s Grammy-winning Long Night Moon.
With the release of American Jackpot and American Girls, Reckless Kelly hopes to lead listeners tothoughtful reflection on their own experience of living in America, and possibly invite a certain pur-poseful nostalgia. Mostly I just hope these songs remind them of all the different aspects of grow-ing up in America, and feeling so lucky to live here,” says Willy Braun.