Reckless Kelly 

Reckless Kelly

Reckless Kelly Was Here

Sugar Hill

Formed in Bend, Ore., in 1996, this rock-country outfit appropriately relocated a year later to Austin, Texas, where their brand of raucous, brash and melodic tuneage gathered much appreciation. Was Here is their sixth album and a live double-disc capstone to a decade of beer-swilling, foot-stomping, robust country rock, Texas-style.

Captured in March of 2006 at Austin’s La Zona Rosa, these Lone Star implants fire away with “Sixgun,” a Bonnie and Clyde-themed tale that evokes the Johnny Van Zant-fronted Lynyrd Skynyrd (Johnny’s the bereaved younger brother of original singer Ronnie), specifically their 2003 album Vicious Cycle.

But as Was Here progresses, Reckless Kelly displays a depth of musical dexterity that’s more talent than just brawn. “I Still Do” is
a reinvigorated two-step

with classic swing elements while “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” is a tasteful cover of British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson’s hit. “Wicked Twisted Road” and “Crazy Eddie’s Last Hurrah” showcase smart songwriting, and the band strikes gold venturing into the Irish rock category with “Seven Nights In Eire.”

Was Here works because it’s more rowdy rock than gloomy country, but either way, it is a whiskey-soaked adventure through the roots of rock.

Reckless Kelly plays The Other Side Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10 PM. Mickey and the Motorcars open. $12.
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