Reckless Kelly going North by Northwest to perform in Utah
Published: February 26, 2013 05:24PM
Updated: February 26, 2013 05:26PM
Courtesy photo The alt-country band Reckless Kelly's frontman Willy Braun said noisy people irritate him, but don’t anger him. “It’s definitely more fun to play to a listening crowd,” he said. But a loud audience member allows Braun to use humor to defuse the situation. He said that in extreme cases, he tells the offending person from the stage, “If you don’t shut up, we’ll turn all of the lights and everyone can see what an a________ looks like.”

The Red Dirt-inspired alt-country group Reckless Kelly is led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun (born and raised in Idaho) and has resided where it belongs, in Austin, Texas, for more than 15 years.

“There is a pretty good music scene here,” said Willy in a phone interview. “There are 300 bars with live music every night.”

The tight-knot group’s last album “Good Luck & True Love” was released all the way back in 2011, so the road warriors have booked studio time in March to begin recording a new album. Willy said the subjects will be familiar territory — “lots of stuff about the road and heartbreak” — but that he has a feeling that the band will focus on mellower material.


“But I could write three good rockers by the time March comes around,” he said.

Opening the show will be frequent tour companion Micky & the Motorcars, featuring Micky and Gary Braun, the younger brothers of Willy and Cody Braun.

Appropriately, the tour itself is called “Tour Better Than One.”

When • Saturday, March 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $18 in advance, $20 day of, at SmithsTix