Reckless Kelly | a premier music venue in downtown Fort Collins

Reckless Kelly

Monday, October 18
Show | 7pm // Doors | 6pm
$25

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ATTENTION:
The Reckless Kelly show that was rescheduled for Thursday August 26th, 2021 at Washington’s has been rescheduled for Monday October 18th, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored to the rescheduled show. The refund end date has passed and we are no longer offering refunds for this show. We appreciate your support for Reckless Kelly and Washington’s and we will see you all soon!

Reckless Kelly with Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts

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.

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. 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  grow-ing up in America, and feeling so lucky to live here,” says Willy Braun.

Reckless Kelly is an American country rock band. Formed in Idaho, the band moved to Austin, Texas in January 1997 and is now based there. The band's name was inspired by the Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly. Led by brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), the alternative country-rock outfit Reckless Kelly formed in Stanley, Idaho, in October 1996 before moving to Austin, Texas. 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 the lead guitarist Casey Pollock, the bass guitarist Chris Schelske and the drummer Jay Nazz.
Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. They're influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, yet they drive their sound with blazing guitars and a rock n roll attitude.