RECKLESS KELLY FACTS:
Members: Willy Braun, Cody Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Chris Schelske
Genre: Alt Country
Hometown: Oregon, United States
Awards: 6 Grammys
Albums: Millican (1998), The Day (2000); Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003); Wicked Twisted Road (2005); Reckless Kelly Was Here (2006); Bulletproof (2008); Somewhere in Time (2010);
Hits: "These Tears," "Stick Around," "Baby's Got a Whole Lot More"
Other: Based in Austin, TX.
Emerging from the robust music scene of Austin, Texas, in the late 1990s, Reckless Kelly is one of the leaders in the alternative country genre. With a growing fanbase and a successful decade on the country scene, the band looks poised for big things in the near future.
Reckless Kelly was founded in 1996 by brothers Cody and Willy Braun. With Cody providing the vocals and Willy on a plethora of other instruments, the band relocated to Austin from Bend, Oregon, to take advantage of the thriving indie music culture. After playing extensively throughout the local clubs and bars on the city's famous 6th Street, the group began recording their debut album.
Reckless Kelly released their debut album, Millican, in 1997. Though only a modest success, it proved to be a substantial step in the right direction. After a mediocre reception from their sophomore effort, Reckless Kelly found considerable success with their third album, 2003's Under the Table and Above the Sun. It was the band's first record to enter the Billboard Country charts, peaking at 67 thanks to the tunes "Nobody's Girl," "Everybody" and "Snowfall."
After finding an audience in both critics and fans of country music, the band continued to rise in popularity. Their next album, 2005's Wicked Twisted Road, found a similar reception on the charts, and produced a trio of radio singles that were popular throughout the Lone Star State. "These Tears," "Stick Around" and "Baby's Got a Whole Lot More" all cracked the top 10 on the Texas Music Chart.
Though Wicked Twisted Road was commercially viable, Reckless Kelly's 2008 album Bulletproof was even more so. Along with appearing in the top 25 on the country charts, the album was among the most popular independent albums of that year, and the tune "American Blood" was recognized for its criticism of war. The record also had crossover success, as it was the first of the band's albums to enter the Billboard 200 chart.
The group's most recent album, Somewhere In Time, hit shelves in 2010 and continued to increase exposure. Like its predecessor, the record placed on a number of different charts and found an audience in both country and indie fanbases. The niche genre of alt-country is quickly growing, and with Reckless Kelly as one of its forbears, the sky is the limit.