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As 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, 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. RECKLESS KELLY also recently posted a sizzle reel with interviews and archive footage of the band’s storied 15-year career. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UnkizhEDjs. 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–RECKLESS KELLY 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.
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.
Beyond their studio acumen, the band is renowned for their relentless touring and high-energy live shows. “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).”
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. “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 quintessential RECKLESS KELLY with a blend of the gritty and the sublime. There are 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.”
RECKLESS KELLY formed in Bend, OR in 1996 but quickly established themselves as a strong live act in and around Austin, TX and have been 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).”