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Reckless Kelly Premiere “Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now”

Credit: Carl Dunn & Backstage Design Studio

Credit: Carl Dunn & Backstage Design Studio

On September 23, Reckless Kelly will celebrate their 20th anniversay with the release Sunset Motel, their first album with Thirty Tigers and follow up their Grammy Award winning 2013 release Long Night Moon.

Earlier this week, Taste of Country premiered “Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now,” the second single to be released from the new collection. Sterling Whitaker wrote,

“The Austin-based band were Americana before there really was such a term, combining roots, rock and country influences into an uncompromising musical approach that has earned the Grammy-winning group a very steadfast and loyal following.”

Previously, Rolling Stone Country premiered “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him),” the first single to be released from the album, and said

“Sunset Motel finds the band in familiar musical territory — bounding fearlessly between the sounds of jangling heartland rock and scrappy, hardscrabble country, with stories that refuse to dumb themselves down for mass appeal.”

Sunset Motel is now available for pre-order and includes an instant downloads of “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)” and “Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now.”

Taking their handle from the nickname given to the legendary Australian highwayman Ned Kelly, brothers Willy & Cody Braun along with founding member and drummer Jay Nazz, moved to Austin in 1996 where they quickly carved out a niche of their own. Inspired by the outlaw country scene — musicians like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, and others who helped redefine the notion of contemporary country — they took an approach that reflected that unapologetic attitude, underscoring it with a gritty, hard-edged delivery that was as compelling as it was convincing.

“We came along in that second wave of the movement,” Cody Braun notes. “Son Volt’s album Trace had a major effect on us. Our goal was to make music that had a country vibe but a solid rock edge. We were fortunate that artists like Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keen were big supporters early on.”

Born and raised in Idaho, the Braun brothers gained a love of music from their dad, a professional musician and band leader. As kids, they played in his band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, an experience that gave them their first taste of professional showmanship. They learned those lessons firsthand from the opportunities they experienced, whether it was opening for Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard or playing on “The Tonight Show.”

Throughout the past two decades, the band has released 8 studio albums and is now rounded out by longtime guitarist David Abeyta (who has spent over 15 years with the band) and bassist Joe Miller. Beginning with Millican, 1998‘s self-released debut, Reckless Kelly emblazoned a reputation as no-nonsense insurgents capable of raising the rafters while still retaining the heart, soul and sentiment that can only come from honesty, soul and conviction. With every album that followed — Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003), Wicked Twisted Road (2005), Bulletproof (2008), Somewhere in Time (2010), the Grammy nominated Good Luck & True Love (2011) and the Grammy winning Long Night Moon (2013) — they’ve affirmed that commitment, not only in their devotion to essential Americana, but by emulating its very definition as well.

Now, the band is hitting the road behind one of their most accomplished collections to date. “Willy wrote 30 or 40 songs for the new album, and we cut about half of them,” Cody explains. “We ended up using 13 of them but there were still some good ones left on the cutting room floor.”

“We would like folks to really hear these songs, to be able to hear the lyrics and appreciate the musicianship that goes into the arrangements,” says Willy about the new release. “We want our audiences to have a good time, but we also want to show that there’s a lot more to it than that.”

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More Artists Added to Reckless Kelly’s Softball Jam Lineup

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Wade Bowen has been confirmed as a headliner at this year’s Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam on Sunday, May 15 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. Proceeds from the celebrity softball game and music festival benefit The SIMS Foundation.

Bowen will join a lineup of 20+ artists performing on two stages in the outfield of the stadium following a softball game featuring an all-star lineup of musicians, professional athletes and media celebrities led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly.

MLB World Series champion pitchers Josh Beckett, Greg Swindell and Norm Charlton and NFL players Kasey Studdard and Ahmad Brooks have been added to the softball rosters, joining Brooks Kieschnick, Glenn Wilson Sr., Glenn Wilson Jr., and media personalities Andy Langer (KGSR), Eric Raines (KOKE-FM), B-Doe (KLBJ), Kirsten Winquist (Sirius XM), Addie Broyles (Austin American-Statesman), Anne Hudson (KASE 101), Erin Hogan (The Horn), Brendan Anthony (Texas Music Office), Charlie Hodge, TJ Greaney (Country Line Magazine) and others.

Willy and Cody Braun will draft players to their two teams – the “Sultans of Sing” and the “One Hit Wonders” – at a special draft party on Thursday, April 21 at Threadgill’s (6416 N. Lamar) from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The SIMS Foundation and Reckless Kelly’s ongoing efforts to support youth sports programs in Central Texas. Since it began eight years ago, Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam has raised over $300,000 for area youth leagues, including the funding of a $150,000 renovation of Mabson Field in East Austin, TX.

Tickets are on sale via for $20 if purchased between now and April 30, and for $30 if purchased after May 1.

Wade Bowen
Cory Morrow
Micky & The Motorcars
Midnight River Choir
Uncle Lucius
Jamie Wilson
Kelley Mickwee
Peterson Brothers
John D Hale
John Evans
George Devore
Drew Fish

Reckless Kelly Announces 2014 Softball Jam Lineup

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On Sunday, May 11 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX, an all-star group of country music celebrities and professional athletes will square off for Reckless Kelly’s 2014 Celebrity Softball Jam – nine innings of fun-filled, athleticism-optional softball followed by a postgame concert on two stages in centerfield.

Artists confirmed so far for this year’s concert include Reckless Kelly, Roger Creager, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada and The Departed, Charlie Robison, Micky and the Motorcars, and Uncle Lucius, with more major acts to be announced soon.

Proceeds from the event will go towards an ambitious renovation project for East Austin’s Mabson Field, including the installation of an artificial turf playing surface. A youth baseball/softball field located in the heart of one of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Austin, Mabson Field serves boys & girls ages 4 -12 through MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (RBI) and the Greater East Austin Youth Association (GEAYA). The $270,000 project will be completed by spring 2014.

Led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam was created as a way for the band to bring together their friends from the worlds of music and sports to benefit Austin’s youth. In five years, the event has raised over $150,000.

“The Celebrity Softball Jam has been a huge success since the first event, and is something we and our friends look forward to every year,” says Cody Braun. “It’s a great feeling knowing that we are helping to provide some much needed support for these programs. With the Mabson Field project, we’ve been able to make a major transformation that will be something the kids in that neighborhood can use for years to come. It will be a home field that they can be proud of.”

The event is a blast everyone involved, artists and fans alike. Having performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than a dozen Major League ballparks, Reckless Kelly are enthusiastic fans of MLB and the Round Rock Express.

“My favorite part is walking into Dell Diamond early in the morning before the event starts, and for ten seconds, feeling like I am there to play baseball,” says Cody. And don’t be surprised if you see some serious skills on display, too, he says. “Andy Langer (of Texas Monthly and KGSR) and Eric Raines (of KOKE-FM) can both hit the ball out of the park! Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) is one heck of a first baseman and Ann Hudson Andrews (of KVET) is my star center fielder.”

The Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam, created and produced by Reckless Kelly in conjunction with Ryan-Sanders Entertainment, is a registered 501C-3 through the Reckless Kelly Charitable Youth Foundation. Ryan-Sanders Entertainment is a division of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, owner/operator of the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers Triple-A affiliate) and Ryan-Sanders Sports Services. They also operate Dell Diamond.

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Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and MORE to Play Thunder on the Mountain!

Thunder on the Mountain

Thunder on the Mountain is kicking off it’s inaugural country music festival with a BIG line-up. Taking place June 6th – 8yh on the magnificent Mulberry Mountain, near Ozark, AR, the festival will feature some of the biggest names in country music. In addition to these world class country artists, Thunder on the Mountain will feature camping, amazing food & craft vendors, world-class river floats, fishing, waterfalls, hiking, premiere RV camping and much, much more!

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