The band’s co-founders Willy and Cody Braun grew up in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. They toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children. They performed on The Tonight Show twice while sharing the stages with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. Their father taught his sons a professional ethic – integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism – honed over three generations. Still teenagers, they moved to Bend, Oregon, to start their own band and soon after met drummer Jay Nazz.
The band took its name from the legend of Ned Kelly, the Australian highwayman, and moved to Austin in the autumn of 1996, where they carved a niche of their own.
They listened, watched and interacted with the creative dynamos of the outlaw country scene – Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark and others – and joined them in a redefinition of what contemporary country music had become. Theirs was gritty, hard-edged, uncompromising and convincing. They turned country music real again.
Reckless Kelly’s string of critically acclaimed albums– set a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana. No band exemplifies the broad genre better.
The group’s latest effort, Bulletproof Live (2019), is a live album. “A real live album. It was recorded in celebration of the 10yr anniversary of the release of the original “Bulletproof.” Recorded at clubs, festivals, and theaters on the west coast between July and August of 2018. We used same gear, the same guitars, and the same approach we take every night, which is simply set up and try to blow the roof off the joint. The tracks are the best takes, hand picked from our favorite shows. Our good friend and “sixth Beatle,” Bukka Allen came along to play Hammond B3, Piano, and Accordion.” explains Willy Braun
Reckless Kelly is a great band with an apt name. The outlaw’s spirit pervades the ambiance. They are rugged individualists who dedicate themselves to advancing the state of their art.
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