Reckless Kelly (band)

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Reckless Kelly
Origin Stanley Idaho, United States
Genres Red Dirt
Texas Country
Roots rock
Country rock
Years active 1997-present.
Members Willy Braun
Cody Braun
David Abeyta
Jay Nazz
Joe Miller
Past members Casey Pollock
Adam Odor
Jimmy "JAM" McFeeley
Chris Schelske

Reckless Kelly is an Austin, Texas based Americana/Texas Country band. The band was formed in Idaho, but moved to Austin in January 1997. Their name was inspired by Australian bushranger Ned Kelly.


Led by brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), alternative country-rock outfit Reckless Kelly formed in Bend, Oregon, before relocating to Austin, Texas, in October, 1996. 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 lead guitarist Casey Pollock, bassist Chris Schelske, and drummer Jay Nazz.

The band played locally on historic Sixth Street in Austin. They turned a small bar & restaurant called Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar, into a noted music venue. From November 1996 through May 1998, they packed the place out with their infamous Monday night show. During this period other music venues in Austin invited them to play, including the Continental club, the Saxon pub, Stubb's barbecue, and Antone's home of the blues.

Reckless Kelly's debut album, Millican, appeared in the fall of 1997, and was officially released in 1998; Acoustic: Live at Stubb's and The Day both followed two years later, after which David Abeyta replaced Pollock on lead guitar. Under the Table & Above the Sun from 2003 began the band's relationship with the high-profile Sugar Hill label and won the hearts of the music press and honky tonkin' legend Joe Ely, who sang the band's praises in interviews. Wicked Twisted Road was released in 2005, and the next year the live album Reckless Kelly Was Here captured the band's stage presence. Bulletproof was released in the summer of 2008 on a new label, Yep Roc Records, and includes tracks critical of and reflecting on recent sociopolitical unfoldings, such as the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Reckless released an album of songs by one of their musical heroes, Pinto Bennett. Somewhere in Time, in the band's own words, highlighted their love of "straight-up honky tonk". The band regularly returns to Austin to play before capacity crowds at venues like Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre.

Younger brothers Micky and Gary Braun are frontmen of their own band, dubbed Micky & The Motorcars. Both bands play at the annual Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat US Indie
The Day
Under the Table & Above the Sun 67
Wicked Twisted Road
  • Release date: February 8, 2005
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Bulletproof 22 117 2 14
Somewhere in Time
  • Release date: February 9, 2010
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
22 146 2 15
Good Luck & True Love
  • Release date: September 13, 2011
  • Label: No Big Deal/Red Eye
20 78 18
Long Night Moon
  • Release date: September 3, 2013
  • Label: No Big Deal/Red Eye
22 106 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart Sunset Motel
  • Release date: September 23, 2016
  • Label: No Big Deal/Red Eye
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie
Acoustic: Live at Stubb's
  • Release date: June 6, 2000
  • Label: Valley Entertainment
Reckless Kelly Was Here
  • Release date: August 8, 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
56 41 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Album details
Best of the Sugar Hill Years
  • Release date: July 10, 2007
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2003 "Nobody's Girl" Lawrence Carroll
2005 "Stick Around" Peter Zavadil
2006 "I Still Do"
2008 "Ragged as the Road"

Current members[edit]

  • Willy Braun (Lead Vocals, guitar)
  • Cody Braun (Vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica)
  • David Abeyta (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Jay Nazz (Nazziola) (drums)
  • Joe Miller (bass)

Former members[edit]

  • Casey Pollock (Lead Guitar)
  • Jimmy "JAM" McFeely (Bass Guitar)
  • Chris "Shifty" Schelske (Bass Guitar)


" Profile". Retrieved 2007-09-28.

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