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Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday To-Do: Reckless Kelly

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:57 AM

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RECKLESS KELLY
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $10-$12.

Fronted by brothers Willy (vocals, guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica), Reckless Kelly got its start in Bend, Ore., in the late '90s, before relocating to Austin, Texas. That sounds more like it. Along with guitarist David Abeyta, bassist Jimmy McFeeley and drummer Jay Nazz, the brothers have become one of Texas' foremost country-rock groups (or “more like a country band with a fiddle,” as Willy Braun prefers). With sing-along hooks, big guitars and driving rhythms, the band fits easily in the rough-and-tumble Texas tradition of raucous country, popularized by folks like Steve Earle and Alejandro Escovedo. They come to town behind “Bulletproof,” a new album on Yep Roc Records that finds the Brauns addressing weighty subject matter (the war in Iraq, the aftermath of Katrina), while keeping it as wild and wooly as usual. The poppy Josh Grider Trio, also from Texas, opens the show

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