10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Reckless Kelly opens its seventh studio album with “Give It a Try,” a catchy country-rock tune that resonates with the warm sounds of ‘70s AM radio twang. Guitars slide and distort over steady-pedaling rhythms as Willy Braun humbly concedes to an unrequited love interest while keeping his chin up. In the similarly melodic and confessional “Save Me from Myself,” Braun admits he needs to be rescued from his vices and ponders the tough people in his life who’ve inspired him with their strength and carefree attitudes. Braun’s penchant for penning a good narrative surfaces in the hard-driving “She Likes Money, He Likes Love,” an empathetic look at a professional golddigger and her lonelyhearted sugar daddy. (Check out the Chuck Berry-inspired guitar work here and that snarling lead.) In “I Never Liked St. Valentine,” Braun and band simmer down with an acoustic number; its lyrics inject a sour-grapes sentiment into a tongue-in-cheek rip on the patron saint of sappy greeting cards. “New Moon over Nashville” cleverly acknowledges Music City’s sea change.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Reckless Kelly opens its seventh studio album with “Give It a Try,” a catchy country-rock tune that resonates with the warm sounds of ‘70s AM radio twang. Guitars slide and distort over steady-pedaling rhythms as Willy Braun humbly concedes to an unrequited love interest while keeping his chin up. In the similarly melodic and confessional “Save Me from Myself,” Braun admits he needs to be rescued from his vices and ponders the tough people in his life who’ve inspired him with their strength and carefree attitudes. Braun’s penchant for penning a good narrative surfaces in the hard-driving “She Likes Money, He Likes Love,” an empathetic look at a professional golddigger and her lonelyhearted sugar daddy. (Check out the Chuck Berry-inspired guitar work here and that snarling lead.) In “I Never Liked St. Valentine,” Braun and band simmer down with an acoustic number; its lyrics inject a sour-grapes sentiment into a tongue-in-cheek rip on the patron saint of sappy greeting cards. “New Moon over Nashville” cleverly acknowledges Music City’s sea change.

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About Reckless Kelly

Led by brothers Willy (vocals, guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica), alternative country-rock outfit Reckless Kelly formed in Bend, Oregon before relocating to Austin, Texas in January 1997. The Brauns had previously toured with their father in Muzzie Braun & the Boys, a Western swing band, and were joined in their own group by lead guitarist Casey Pollock, bassist Chris Schelske, and drummer Jay Nazz. Reckless Kelly's debut album, Millican, appeared in 1998; Acoustic: Live at Stubb's and Day both followed two years later, after which David Abeyta replaced Pollock on lead guitar. 2003's Under the Table and Above the Sun was the beginning of the band's relationship with the high-profile Sugar Hill label and won the hearts of the music press and honky tonkin' legend Joe Ely, who sang the band's praises in interviews. Wicked Twisted Road was released in 2005, and the next year the live album Reckless Kelly Was Here came out, featuring songs from all of their previous studio records, as well as three covers; it truly captured the band's stage presence. Bulletproof appeared from Yep Roc in 2008, and Somewhere in Time, also on Yep Roc, followed in 2010 and then Reckless Kelly parted ways with the label. The next year the group released Good Luck & True Love on their Red Eye-distributed imprint No Big Deal, a label that also housed their 2013 album Long Night Moon. In 2016, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary with the back-to-basics set Sunset Motel. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Bend, OR
  • FORMED
    1996

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