The band Reckless Kelly--known for straddling rock and country with strong songs and performances--get set for their return with the September 13 release of their ninth album "Good Luck & True Love."
Also, the band has announced additional tour dates and other events.
Reckless Kelly now has 40 dates booked--beginning 9/3 in Ft. Worth, TX through 12/31 in Donnelly, ID--and have been invited to play a special post-game concert at Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros 9/23 home game.
They’ll also perform October 1 at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
In only its third week of release, the new album’s first single “Good Luck & True Love” is already #19 on the Texas Music Chart.
In the clip--set to the sound of the album’s title track and first single--the band talk about producing the album themselves, starting their own record company (No Big Deal Records) and taking over all of the band’s responsibilities.
There are also photos of the group with the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders when they performed at a 2011 Super Bowl party in Dallas, TX, performing at Boston’s Fenway Stadium and Houston’s Reliant Stadium, touring the country and more.
After having released music via Sugar Hill and Yep Roc Records, Reckless Kelly--Willy Braun, lead vocals/rhythm guitar/Wurlitzer piano; Cody Braun, fiddle/mandolin/harmonica/bouzouki/harmony vocals; David Abeyta, lead guitar & piano; Jay Nazz, drums & percussion; and Chris Schelske, bass guitar--are now releasing the self-produced Good Luck & True Love on their own, and are now self-managed.
Good Luck & True Love marks the Austin-based band’s first studio album of all-new material since 2008’s Bulletproof and is the follow-up to their 2010 release Somewhere In Time, a tribute to one of their songwriter heroes, Pinto Bennett.
Both of those albums hit the top 5 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart and top 20 on the Americana charts and Somewhere In Time was voted the #10 best album of the year by the Americana Music Association in 2010. Last week A&E’s hit show “The Glades” featured the song “I’ve Done Everything I Could Do Wrong” from Somewhere In Time.
“Reckless Kelly is one of the best live bands ever,” said the Bakersfield Californian of a recent concert, adding that “they're profoundly good, but, as is the case with any really good band, the magic is in the live shows (8/17/11).”
“In 15 years as Reckless Kelly we've had to learn things the hard way and figure out what works for us and what doesn't,” says the band. “Trial and error. We've always recorded to 2-inch analogue tape and we've always earned our fans one at a time. (Grass roots baby!) Over the years we've dabbled in conventional methods of promotion, touring and, of course, recording. Starting a record company and releasing our own records is something we have strived for our entire carrier. Now we feel we are finally in the perfect position with our business and band and are doing just that.”
Good Luck & True Love is filled with road songs ("Weatherbeaten Soul," "Hit The Ground Running"), tunes about music ("New Moon Over Nashville," "I Stayed Up All Night Again") and others about hard times (“Save Me From Myself”) and good old-fashioned heartbreak (“Give It A Try,” "Guarded Heart," "She Likes Money, He Likes Love" and "I Never Liked St. Valentine").
“Taking our old school approach a little bit further on this record, we made a rule that if someone in the band can't play it, it's not going on the record,” explains the band. “We are proud to say that with the exception of an outstanding harmony vocal by our good friend Dani Flowers, we played every instrument on this record and tracked almost everything live.”
Originally from Oregon, now an Austin band, Reckless Kelly was praised by Country Weekly for “injecting its hooky songs with rock ’n’ roll propulsion without sacrificing melody or meaning” (2009 review of Bulletproof).
Michael Corcoran of the Austin American Statesman called them “a rock band that writes country songs” and said "Bulletproof is an aggressive album with an anti-war song that outprotests James McMurtry. Even in the most stagnant of subgenres (alt-country), the Kellies strive to remain fresh…(6/11/08)”
Bulletproof earned the group a #1 Americana and #1 Texas Charts song spot with “Ragged As The Road.” That album also earned them an Americana Music Association nomination for “Duo or Group of the Year (2009).”
Check out RECKLESS KELLY on the road:
Sat 9/3 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas
Sun 9/4 San Antonio, TX Cowboy’s Dance Hall
Thu 9/8 Austin, TX The Broken Spoke
Fri 9/9 Waco, TX Wild West
Tue 9/13 Austin, TX Antone’s
Thu 9/15 Brenham, TX Washington County Fair
Fri 9/16 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
Sat 9/17 Odessa, TX Permian Basin Fair and Expo
Thu 9/22 Houston, TX Astro’s/Minute Maid Park
Fri 9/23 Quincy, CA Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds
Sat 9/24 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club Casino
Sun 9/25 Orangevale, CA Boardwalk
Wed 9/28 Felton, CA Don Quixote’s Int’l Music Hall
Thu 9/29 San Luis Obispo, CA University Union Plaza
Fri 9/30 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre
Sat 10/1 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Thu 10/6 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule
Fri 10/7 Amarillo, TX Midnight Rodeo
Sat 10/8 Lubbock, TX Wild West
Mon 10/10 Waco, TX Heart of Texas Fair Complex
Thu 10/13 Ozark, AR Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival
Fri 10/14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
Sat 10/15 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
Thu 10/20 San Angelo, TX Midnight Rodeo
Fri 10/21 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Sat 10/22 San Marcos, TX Texas Music Theater
Sat 10/22 Corpus Christi, TX Ziegfest
Thu 10/27 Longview, TX The Levee
Fri 10/28 Bryan, TX Texas Hall of Fame
Sat 10/29 Spring Branch, TX Texas Riverbed
Tue 11/1 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Wed 11/2 Bloomington, IL Six Strings
Thu 11/3 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
Fri 11/4 Chicago, IL Joe’s Bar
Fri 11/25 Cypress, TX Tim Hall
Fri 12/2 Helotes, TX Floores Country Store
Fri 12/9 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas
Sat 12/10 Oklahoma City, OK Wormy Dog Saloon
Sat 12/31 Donnelly, ID Donnelly Idaho Airport