An Evening with Reckless Kelly | a premier music venue in downtown Fort Collins

An Evening with Reckless Kelly

All Ages
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Door: 6:30pm | Show: 7:30pm
$25

We will only be accepting proof of full vaccination for Covid-19 into this show. Masks will still be required for entry and the duration of the event but a negative COVID test will not be accepted for admittance to this show. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to this policy. 

An Evening with Reckless Kelly

For nearly 25 years, Reckless Kelly has graced the musical landscape with a high-powered form of  Americana, equally rooted in raw passion, refined musicianship, and gritty authenticity. With the dual release of  two new albums—American Jackpot and American Girls—the Idaho-bred band presents a beautifully detailed portrait of  their beloved country, turning their nuanced songwriting to its many glories and tragedies. While one batch of  songs centers on slice-of-life storytelling and the other explores the complexities of  human connection, the collective body of  work unfolds with a profound and often eye-opening attention to the subtleties of  American life.

Although Reckless Kelly initially intended to make just one album, the project took on a life of  its own once they headed into the studio. “I wanted to produce this one by myself, just to try that out, and I made sure to book plenty of studio time to get it done right,” says Willy. “We ended up moving along really fast, so I pulled out a few more songs and figured we’d end up using them down the road. Before we knew it, we had enough material for two really good records.”

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 album Sunset Motel, American Jackpot and American Girls embody a wonderfully eclectic sonic palette, achieved with the help of  V.I.P. guest musicians like Gary Clark Jr. and Charlie Sexton, along with several members of  their own legendary family (including Uncle Gary Braun on chromatic harmonica and their father Muzzie Braun on lead and harmony vocals). Recorded at Arlyn Studios in their adopted hometown of  Austin, both albums abound with an unbridled vitality—an element that has much to do with the band’s deliberate decision to keep pre-production to a minimum in order to harness the magic of  in-studio spontaneity. “There’s something incredible about the first time you play a song really well together, and we don’t ever want to waste that take on the rehearsal room,” Willy notes.

Though the two brothers first forged their musical partnership back in Idaho, they later decamped to Bend, Oregon, where they quickly linked up with Jay Nazz. Soon after forming Reckless Kelly (whose name nods to the legend of  Australian highwayman Ned Kelly), the three musicians relocated to Austin and rounded out the lineup with bassist Joe Miller and guitarist David Abeyta (who ex-ited the band after the release of Sunset Motel). Over the years, they’ve delivered a string of critically lauded albums, including 2011’s Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love and 2013’s Grammy-winning Long Night Moon.  

With the release of  American Jackpot and American Girls, Reckless Kelly hopes to lead listeners to thoughtful reflection on their own experience of  living in America, and possibly invite a certain purposeful nostalgia. Mostly I just hope these songs remind them of  all the different aspects of  growing up in America, and feeling so lucky to live here,” says Willy Braun.