Opener: Colton O’Neill Band 9pm
Reckless Kelly: 10:30pm
Understanding the virtuosity of Reckless Kelly requires the perspective of where the band has been.
Cody and Willy Braun grew up in Idaho and toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children.
Reckless Kelly, named after a famous Australian highwayman, moved to Austin in 1996, where they carved a niche of their own. Willy Braun wrote half the songs of Millican, 1998’s self-released debut, in an abandoned school bus, where he had lived for six months in Bend.
The album emblazoned Reckless Kelly with a reputation as a band of no-nonsense insurgents that could raise the rafters while still retaining a heart and soul of honesty, soul and conviction.
The group’s new album, Sunset Motel, is, like all its predecessors, distinctive in its own way while true to form. Self-produced and recorded in Austin’s renowned Arlyn Studios, it reflects Reckless Kelly’s attention to craft and continuity.