New Double Album Proves Again Why Reckless Kelly Is One Of Country Music’s Elite Acts

Courtesy: Thirty Tigers

Alt-Country outfit Reckless Kelly officially returns Friday with its tenth full-length studio recording.  The band will release its new recording, American Jackpot/American Girls digitally on Friday.  Leading up to its release, the double album produced three singles – ‘I Only See You With My Eyes Closed,’ ‘North American Jackpot’ and ‘Lonesome On My Own.’  While all three singles are enjoyable in their own right, they are just some of the songs that stand out on this latest offering from the band.  Considering the double record spans a total of 20 songs, it offers plenty from which to choose both in terms of musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  ‘Lost Inside The Groove,’ which comes late in the record’s 75-minute (hour and 15-minute) run, is another key addition to the album, proving its strength.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Another New Year’s Day,’ one of the album’s early offerings, is another of the album’s strong points.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ is yet another important addition to the album’s body.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, the album’s already released singles and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the album proves to be one of this year’s top new country music albums.

Reckless Kelly’s latest full-length studio recording American Jackpot/American Girls is another positive offering from the veteran alt-country outfit that audiences are sure to enjoy.  That is due to musical and lyrical content that will keep listeners engaged from beginning to end of the hour-long-plus record.  ‘Lost Inside The Groove’ is just one of the songs that serves to support these statements.  That is proven in part through its upbeat musical arrangement, which will get any listener’s foot tapping.  The song’s arrangement will take listeners back to another age of music, thanks to the incorporation of the organ into its whole.  The same applies to the style presented through the guitar, bass and drums, which collectively create a kind of old school honky tonk sound.  The combination of the classic surf rock sound generated through the organ and the old school country sound doesn’t seem on paper that it would work, but in reality, works quite surprisingly well.  It’s just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The positive energy exuded through the arrangement is enhanced through the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content is just as upbeat as its musical content.  Front man Willy Braun sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well my little mamacita, she says to me/You’re everything I ever need/Ain’t no way I’d ever break your heart/She picks me up when I’m feelin’ down/Holds me steady when I’m spinnin’ ‘round/There’s no mistaking the real thing/And I’m lost inside the groove again with you, baby/I never want it to be found/Lost inside the groove again with you baby/This time, I’m not messing around.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Well my cool, rockin’ mama and lucky old me/We got something that you wouldn’t believe/Flyin’ down lover’s lane on cruise control/She’s pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down/Heart to heart without making a sound/There’s no mistaking the real thing.”  He adds in the end of the chorus refrain, “Use my mind when I get you all alone/All my worries start fadin’ away/I save my trouble for a rainy day.”  A little more is added from here in the song’s third and final verse, but it is very much in the same vein as what Braun presented in the song’s first and second verse, and even its chorus.  To that end, the song’s somewhat celebratory lyrics, which focus on a man who clearly is head over heels in love, will connect with its own share of listeners.  Coupled with the song’s equally upbeat musical arrangement, the two elements join to make this song just one of this album’s most notable highlights.  ‘Another New Year’s Day,’ which comes earlier in the album, is another standout addition to the record.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Another New Year’s Day’ is distinctly different from that at the base of ‘Lost Inside The Groove.’  This song’s arrangement is quite reserved by comparison.  The balance of the piano, guitar and drums forms the foundation of this introspective composition.  That foundation is strengthened through the addition of the violin, mandolin and harmonica.  The whole of that collective makes the mid-tempo work engaging and entertaining in its own unique fashion, and serves well to help illustrate the emotion exhibited through the song’s lyrical content.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Braun tugs at listeners’ heart strings through this work that is not only introspective but contemplative, too.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well I woke up/With a clean slate/As the sun was setting in the west/guest the last day/Was a long one/From now on/I’m gonna do my best/To live my life/Like I always said I would/Shake these demons off my back for good/’Cause it don’t have to be this way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another/New Year’s Day.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Well I went down/With my old pals/For a couple at the burger and brew/And I told ‘em/From now on y’all/things’ll be different like I always do/And I said just watch/this whole room, I’m gonna turn it around/Well they had a good laugh/And they ordered they another round/’Cause it always ends this way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Well I cam back/To the hotel/And I swear I’m gonna finish this song/But I couldn’t/Help but wonder/Just where the hell it all went wrong/And they say you’ve gotta live like no tomorrow/Well that all sounds great/’Till it’s time to drown all your sorrows/There’s got to be a better way/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day/It’s just another New Year’s Day.”  Again, this is pretty contemplative.  It’s as if he is saying in these words, the more things change, the more they stay the same, no matter how hard we try to change.  It makes a person look at one’s own life and perhaps try harder to not let the next day be another SSDD scenario.  Keeping that in mind, this song clearly stands out from others in this album, including ‘Lost Inside The Groove.’  It’s just one more example of what makes Reckless Kelly’s new album stand out, too.  ‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ is one more notable addition to the album that is unique in its own way.

‘Put On Your Brave Face Mary’ offers audiences another song that stands so starkly apart from its counterparts on this record in the best way possible, beginning with its musical arrangement.  The arrangement is a heart wrenching composition that is born in Braun’s vocal and instrumental performance.  It is a modern, melancholy work, but not melancholy just for the sake of it.  It really works well to accompany the heartbreaking story featured in the song’s lyrical content.

The story that seems to be presented in this song’s lyrical theme appears to center on a military veteran who has come back and is fighting that inner emotional battle of which so many news agencies have talked in stories that they run.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, in which Braun sings, “Mary fought back tears when she saw that far off look in his eyes/Said, ‘what’d they do to you, baby?’/I can see you dyin’ inside/I got you six/Just like you’ve always had mine/These invisible scars don’t change the man you are/Everything’s gonna be alright/Put on your brave face Mary/Put on your brave face/Put on your brave face Mary/Put on your brave face.”  This verse alone certainly sounds like an addressing of the emotional scars that so many military veterans and their loved ones deal with together.  Braun continues in the song’s second verse, “VA’s understaffed/The lines are around the block/He calls up the hotline/But nobody there has the time to talk/Been talked up for days/Dealing with demons they don’t understand/Mary holds the line while he takes matters into his own hands/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face.”  He adds in the song’s third verse, “Now he’s fighting for his life/Mary, she’s a rock/It’s all over the news/So Washington’s gearing up to talk the talk/Seven hundred billion/Somehow not enough to go around/It’s the price we pay are the 22 a day committed to the ground/Put on your brave face, Mary/Put on your brave face.”  Whether one is a veteran or knows a veteran, this song so hardly hits at the heart of this matter, of veterans dealing with PTSD and having no help other than family.  This isn’t the first time the Reckless Kelly has taken on the government’s leaders for their handling of the military.  The band took on George W. Bush and the government in their handling of the Middle East conflict on its 2008 album Bulletproof through the song ‘American Blood.’  That song was a damning indictment of the government’s focus more on American intervention in the Middle East for the aim of controlling the region’s oil supply more than to help free the region’s peoples.  Those with any connection to the military that the band has once again stood up for military personnel and holding those in power accountable here.  Keeping that in mind, this song proves once more why American Jackpot/American Girls is such a powerful new offering from Reckless Kelly.  When it is considered with the other songs noted here, the singles that have been spawned already from the album and the rest of the album’s songs, the recording in whole proves to be another strong new offering from the band and another of this year’s top new country music albums.

Reckless Kelly’s new double album American Jackpot/American Girls, the band’s 10th album to date, is another impressive offering from the alt-country outfit that is certain to resonate with the band’s established fan base and country music fans in general.  That is proven in each of the recording’s albums, and is evidenced here through just three of the songs featured in the album.  When those songs are considered alongside the album’s already released singles and the rest of the album’s works, the recording in whole proves itself a work that is deserving of as much praise as any of Reckless Kelly’s previous albums.  American Jackpot / American Girls will be available digitally Friday and physically in July.  More information on the album is available along with all of Reckless Kelly’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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‘Sunset Motel’ Is A Shining New Reckless Kelly Album

Courtesy: thirty-One Tigers/No Big Deal Records

Alt-country outfit Reckless Kelly marked a very special anniversary last week.  The Austin, TX-based band marked the 20th anniversary of the release of its debut album Millican Oct. 20.  The album was re-issued in a very limited number of copies – only 1,000 copies to be exact – making it a very special release for the band and fans alike. For those who might not have been lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of the album, there is some consolation that they can still get their hands on the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Sunset Motel.  Though a little more than a year has passed since the 13-song album was originally released, it is still just as enjoyable today as it was in that release.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as important to note as its musical content.  Last but not least of mention is the record’s packaging.  It seems surprising, true, but is definitely worth noting.  Each element is important in its own right to the album’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Sunset Motel proves to be a record that any Reckless Kelly fan will enjoy.

Reckless Kelly’s ninth full-length studio recording Sunset Motel is yet another solid effort from the Austin, TX-based alt-country outfit.  Released a little more than three years after its 2013 album Long Night Moon, the album boasts plenty of positives, not the least of which is its collective musical arrangements.  The arrangements presented throughout the course of the record’s 51-minute run time are everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout the band’s life.  From the southern rock arrangements present in ‘Radio,’ ‘Moment in the Sun,’ and ‘Give It Up’ to the more direct country music leanings of ‘Under Lucky Stars,’ ‘Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now’ and the album’s title track to the middle ground in ‘One More Last Time,’ — which boasts quite a clear comparison to so many works from the late, great Tom Petty —  ‘Volcano’ and ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’, the arrangements presented throughout this record prove familiar ground for the band without being redundant from its previous works.  That ability of the band to present plenty of familiar sounds without being too familiar impresses plenty in itself.  It is just one of the elements that makes the album so enjoyable.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as important to discuss in examining it as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical themes presented throughout the course of Sunset Motel are just as certain to keep listeners engaged throughout the album’s 51-minute run time as its musical arrangements.  That is because they range from the serious to the standard and even in-between from start to finish.  The album’s opener sees its subject scratching his head as he asks a woman (probably the object of his affection) why she has fallen for another man in whom she seemingly doesn’t even like.  What man hasn’t been such a position at one point or another in life?  It is just one of the songs included in this record that takes on the standard subject of relationships.  ‘The Champ,’ ‘Who’s Gonna Be Your BabyNow’ and ‘Sad Songs About You’ also take on the topic.  It isn’t the only topic that the band tackles in this record.  The album’s title track presents a much more serious subject in the matter of addiction.  The song doesn’t make clear if that addiction is to drugs, alcohol or both.  Regardless, it takes on the issue in moving fashion.  ‘Volcano’ also presents its own serious turn as Braun and company take on so many issues that continue to divide the U.S. today.  Those issues include climate change, the debate over evolution and conservation.  The sense of cynical sarcasm in the song seems to paint a picture of frustration over how those issues have become so divisive.  It really is a strong statement from Braun and company here.  On a slightly lighter note, the band also takes on the music industry itself in playful fashion in ‘ Radio.’  The song jokes in sarcastic fashion about all the things that acts have to do to get on the radio and make names for themselves.  It’s a topic that is not rarely tackled, but also is not addressed too commonly, either.  To that end (and the way in which it is addressed here), it is another interesting addition to the album.  When it is considered along with the already noted themes and those not noted here, the whole of those themes makes clear why Sunset Motel’s lyrical themes are collectively just as important to note here as the album’s musical arrangements.  Its lyrical themes are not the last of its most important elements.  The album’s packaging round out its most important elements.

Sunset Motel’s packaging is an important piece of the album’s whole not because of its gatefold presentation, but because of its fun 3-D visuals.  The “motel room key” included in the album is not just a room key, but a viewer to find the hidden pictures and messages placed throughout the album’s packaging.  There are plenty of those messages and pictures across the album’s “booklet,” which turns out to be a map of sorts. Some of the images and messages spread across the “map” include headshots of the band members hidden on Mt. Rushmore, a giant rattlesnake spread across the country, and even a mirage of sorts used to better illustrate the message presented in Sunset Motel’s title track among much more.  It may not seem like much on the surface, but the fun presented in discovering the hidden pictures and messages placed throughout the album makes for its own share of enjoyment for listeners.  When that enjoyment is considered along with the enjoyment brought in the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes, the whole of those elements makes the album in whole a presentation that every one of Reckless Kelly’s fans will appreciate.

Reckless Kelly’s most recent album Sunset Motel is a presentation that is certain to have no sunset in itself among the band’s fans.  It presents plenty to appreciate from start to finish.  As already noted, that is due in no small part to some familiar (but not too familiar) sounds in its musical arrangements.  The album’s lyrical themes collectively play their own part in the album’s presentation as does the album’s packaging.  Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted.  All things considered, Sunset Motel proves to be another enjoyable effort for all of Reckless Kelly’s fans.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Sunset Motel is available online now along with all of Reckless Kelly’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Reckless Kelly Announces ‘Millican’ Re-Issue Date, Specs

Courtesy: No Big Deal Records

Reckless Kelly is re-issuing its debut album.

The veteran country/rock outfit will re-issue its 1997 album Millican on Oct. 20 on a special double LP vinyl release to mark the 20th anniversary of the album’s original release. The record will be released via the band’s own label, No Big Deal Records.

Pre-orders are open now for the re-issue, which is limited to only 1,000 copies.  It will include two bonus tracks not included in the original release – ‘Wild Western Windblown Band’ and ‘Millican.’  Audiences can hear ‘Wild Western Windblown Band’ now via Soundcloud.

Along with the record’s new vinyl pressing, fans who order the record will also get a digital download card, CD copy of Millican, T-shirt and koozie. Band member Willia Braun said of the re-issue that the band never originally intended to release the album on vinyl, but felt its vinyl re-issue was fitting because of the current musical climate.

“When we made Millican we never thought to release it on vinyl,” Braun said.  “Casettes were still being phased out CDs were the new big deal, and we’d just heard about this thing called “the internet.”  Now that ironically, vinyl is the new big deal, we’ve decided that Millican deserves as place in the record collection.  It was, after all, recorded to tape (something that only the cool cats were doing at the time) so it seems fitting to have an all analogue version available for the die hards.”

The full track listing for Millican’s re-issue is noted below.

Tracklist:
 
1) Back Around
2) Walton Love
3) It’s All Over
4) I Still Do
5) Black & White
6) Waitin’ On The Blues
7) Hatax
8) Hey Say May
9) Drink Your Whiskey
10) Baby’s Gone Blues
11) Time Bomb
12) Wild Western Windblown Band
13) Millican

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