14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their sixth studio album, Reckless Kelly's Bulletproof unleashes crunchy, twangy, Americana rock 'n' roll that sounds even more dangerously cool than the album art looks. (And in case you didn't know, that's their namesake, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, depicted on the cover.) The opening song "Ragged As The Road" rocks it outlaw style, like an amplified David Allan Coe crossed with a '70s Rolling Stones swagger (whose Mick Jagger portrayed Ned Kelly in the 1970 film about the infamous bushranger). Both "Love In Her Eyes" and "American Blood" sound somewhat influenced by Steve Earle, and not just because both parties pull big Texan twang-rock tones. The former tune is as catchy and punchy as anything on Earle's Guitar Town and the latter uses grungy, Crazy Horse sounding guitars and a fist pumping melody to rail against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. And the guitars on the title track are so saturated with dark sounding vintage distortion that it wouldn't be at all surprising if both Crazy Horse and Drive-By Truckers were somehow involved.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their sixth studio album, Reckless Kelly's Bulletproof unleashes crunchy, twangy, Americana rock 'n' roll that sounds even more dangerously cool than the album art looks. (And in case you didn't know, that's their namesake, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, depicted on the cover.) The opening song "Ragged As The Road" rocks it outlaw style, like an amplified David Allan Coe crossed with a '70s Rolling Stones swagger (whose Mick Jagger portrayed Ned Kelly in the 1970 film about the infamous bushranger). Both "Love In Her Eyes" and "American Blood" sound somewhat influenced by Steve Earle, and not just because both parties pull big Texan twang-rock tones. The former tune is as catchy and punchy as anything on Earle's Guitar Town and the latter uses grungy, Crazy Horse sounding guitars and a fist pumping melody to rail against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. And the guitars on the title track are so saturated with dark sounding vintage distortion that it wouldn't be at all surprising if both Crazy Horse and Drive-By Truckers were somehow involved.

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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

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