Once upon a time in the outback of Australia, a wily outlaw named Ned Kelly instigated a shootout with the frontier police in the backwoods prospecting town of Glenrowan. Though shot countless times, he survived - Kelly was wearing a 97-pound suit of custom forged metal armor that rifle rounds bounced right off of. Though he was eventually hung for his cattle-rustlin', bank-robbin', ranger-shootin' ways, the larger-than-life tale of Ned Kelly went on to become an important part of Australian folklore.The boys of Austin, Texas country outfit Reckless Kelly may invoke outlaw image of Ned Kelly with their band's name, but the similarities end there; they've exchanged the armor and six-shooters for microphones and six-strings. Originally formed in 1997 by brothers Cody and Willy Braun in Bend, Oregon, Reckless Kelly soon packed their bags and moved to Austin to try and make a name for themselves in the Texas alternative country scene - a trail blazed not so long ago by genre greats Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson. Reckless Kelly released a handful of independent records before signing to the regionally influential label Sugar Hill Records (Terry Allen, Townes Van Zandt) in 2003, just in time for their breakout release Under the Table and Above the Sun. Reckless Kelly would go on to release four more records on the label over the next five years, seeing their biggest success of the era on their last Sugar Hill release Reckless Kelly Was Here (2006), which peaked at #56 on the Billboard Top Country Albums index. By this time the band's melodic yet hard-hittin' honky-tonk rock sound was beginning to find itself an audience of ever-increasing size in the Texas country scene, prompting the band to switch to a more mainstream label; Sugar Hill's focus was largely on folk and bluegrass groups. In 2008 Reckless Kelly departed from Sugar Hill to join their current label, country/indie powerhouse Yep Rock Records (Billy Bragg, The Apples in Stereo, The Reverend Horton Heat). Reckless Kelly recently released their latest record on Yep, Bulletproof, in early 2008. A startling success for the rather obscure Texas country-rock band, Bulletproof - featuring the scowling visage of an armored-up Ned Kelly on the cover sleeve - has already began to receive widespread acclaim outside Texas, its 14 tracks of rough-ridin' country propelling the album to the #22 position on the Billboard Country charts - the band's best position yet. Go ahead and see what all the fuss is about by listening to two classic Reckless Kelly tracks, "Nobody's Girl" and "Stick Around". When Reckless Kelly gets around to shooting videos for some of their new Bulletproof tracks, you can bet you'll see them first here at Ya'llwire.
Reckless Kelly is an American alternative country / roots rock band formed in Stanley, Idaho. The band moved to Austin, Texas, in January of 1997. The name was inspired by Australian bank robber Ned Kelly. Led by brothers Willy Braun (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), the band features lead guitarist Casey Pollock, bassist Chris Schelske, and drummer Jay Nazz. Their offical website is at www.recklesskelly.com/.
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Reckless Kelly is an Austin, Texas based Americana/Texas Country band. The band was formed in Bend, Oregon, but moved to Austin in January 1997. Their name was inspired by Australian bank robber Ned Kelly.