Reckless Kelly debut on Grand Ole Opry stage…finally

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – As the Barbara Mandrell hit goes, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” the same could be said for alt-country legends Reckless Kelly.

Sometimes referred to by critics as “Outlaw Country,” Reckless Kelly has made a two-decade career out of gritty, anti-contemporary country music in the vein of Son Volt and Wilco. Suitably, the band found its way from Idaho to Austin, Texas where a resurgence of Nashville-eschewing music acts have flourished since the days of Willie Nelson.

Reckless Kelly (Courtesy)

Cody and Willy Braun still get back to Jackson Hole frequently every year during their hectic touring. The brothers grew up just over the hill in Idaho as sons of the legendary Muzzie Braun. They both played in dad’s band—even appeared twice on the Tonight Show with him. But one thing Reckless Kelly has never done, until last weekend, was grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

Reckless Kelly made their Opry debut last Saturday night with Riders in the Sky also on the evening’s card. The Braun’s were proud as they could be.

“To be debuting our band Reckless Kelly on this legendary stage is a dream come true for every one of us!” Cody Braun said. “We are so honored to be a part of the show Saturday night! Willy and I got to sing a song with our brothers, father and Riders in the Sky here about 25 years ago so we are thrilled to get to see them again.”

The band is also hard at work in the studio on their anticipated follow up to their 9th studio album Sunset Motel, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums Chart, hit #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and #7 on the Americana Radio Chart.

“It’s an exciting time for us! We’ve completed a special project to be announced very soon and the recording of our next studio album is underway,” said drummer Jay Nazz. “We’ve got a full year of touring and look forward to seeing all of our fans from coast to coast.”

Join us LIVE preshow with Reckless Kelly before they make their Opry debut!

Posted by Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, April 6, 2019

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