‘Sunset Motel’ Is A Shining New Reckless Kelly Album

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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

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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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After The Rush Unveils Debut Single, Video

Alt-country outfit After The Rush unveiled the video for its debut single this week.

The Norwalk, CT-based quintet unveiled the video for its new single ‘Oh Baby’ this week via Vevo.  The multi-angle video presents the band—Ethan Isaac (vocals), Joel P. Kelley (guitars), Brian Larney (keyboards), Kenny Cash (bass) and Jeff Hatcher (drums)– performing its song at Factory Underground Studio, which is also the studio that produced the video.  Tom Stewart directed the video.

Courtesy: Vevo/O’Donnell Media Group

Musically speaking, ‘Oh Baby’s flowing melody will appeal to fans of Reckless Kelly, The Eli Young Band, Parmalee and other similar acts.  Lyrically, it will appeal to anyone that is a fan of love songs. The song was produced by After The Rush and mastered by Shyloski at Factory Underground Studios.

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Reckless Kelly Announces More Live Dates In Support Of ‘Sunset Motel’

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Reckless Kelly has added more dates to its current tour schedule.

The band announced this week that it has extended its current tour, in support of its new album Sunset Motel, through December.  The new dates will see the band performing live in Idaho, Oklahoma, and a number of cities throughout its home state of Texas.  The band’s new tour schedule is listed below.

Tour Dates:
10/15: The Backyard – Waco, TX
10/21: City Winery – Atlanta, GA
10/22: Don Gibson Theater – Shelby, NC
10/23: The Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
10/24: World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
10/25: City Winery – New York, NY
10/26: Bull Run – Shirley, MA
10/27: F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA
10/28: The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10/29: Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
11/1: The Kent Stage – Kent, OH
11/2: Evanston, IL – SPACE
11/3: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/4: Madison Theater – Covington, KY
11/5: City Winery – Nashville, TN
11/25: Brauntex Theater – New Braunfels, TX
12/1: Brewster Street Icehouse – Corpus Christi, TX
12/2: EQ Heights – Houston, TX
12/3: Schroeder Dance Hall – Goliad, TX
12/9: The Kessler – Dallas, TX
12/10: Love and War in Texas Lindale – Lindale, TX
12/15: Hoot’s Pub – Amarillo, TX
12/16: Wormy Dog Saloon – Oklahoma City, OK
12/31: Revolution Concert House and Event Center – Garden City, ID

 

Sunset Motel was just recently released in stores and online. It is the band’s first record for record label Thirty Tigers and the band’s ninth overall studio recording. It debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums Chart and # 12 on the magazine’s Country Albums Chart.  The band currently sits in the top spot on the Texas Regional Radio Report Chart and the CDX TRACtion Texas Monitored Radio Airplay Chart.  It also sits at #9 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Three singles from Sunset Motel have currently been released, ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’ being the first of those singles. The single was released by Rolling Stone Country ahead of the album’s release.  ‘Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now’ followed soon after courtesy of Taste of Country.  ‘Moment In The Sun’ is the latest of the album’s songs to be released.  It was recently debuted by Billboard.

As an additional bonus, Team Coco premiered Sunset Motel in its entirety for audiences to check out.  Audiences can purchase, order, or download Sunset Motel online now via Amazon and iTunes.

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Reckless Kelly Announces New Album Release Date, Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group/Thirty Tigers

Reckless Kelly has a new album on the way.

The veteran country act announced this week that it will release its new album Sunset Motel this summer.  The album is the band’s first since 2013’s Grammy® Award-winning album Long Night Moon and its ninth full-length studio recording.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single ‘How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)’ via Rolling Stone Country this week, and announced a series of live dates in support of the album.  Pre-orders for Sunset Motel open July 29th and will include a free, instant download of its new single.  Rolling Stone Country writer Chris Parton said of the band’s new album, “Sunset Motel finds the band in familiar musical territory — bounding fearlessly between the sounds of jangling heartland rock and scrappy, hardscrabble country, with stories that refuse to dumb themselves down for mass appeal.”

The band’s upcoming tour in support of Sunset Motel is now officially under way.  It will see the band spending the weekend in Lubbock, Texas before moving on to Reno, Nevada to start the new week and the new month.  There are also dates in Colorado, South Dakota, and even North Carolina among many others included in the band’s roughly 14-week tour.  The full schedule for the band’s tour is noted below.

Tour Dates:

7/29: The Office Grill and Sports Bar – Lubbock, TX

7/30: Private – Lubbock, TX

7/30: Cattle Barrons Ball at V-8 Ranch – Lubbock, TX

8/2: Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel – Reno, NV*

8/4: OK Theatre – Enterprise, OR

8/5: Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA

8/6: The Nashville North – Post Falls, ID

8/7: Butte Depot – Butte, MT

8/11,12,13: Braun Brothers Reunion – Challis, ID

8/18: Emerson Cultural Ctr. Park – Bozeman, MT

8/19: Pub Station – Billings, MT

8/20: Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center – Deadwood, SD

8/21: Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

9/2: Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

9/3: South Dakota State Fair – Huron, SD

9/4: Silver Dome Ballroom – Neillsville, WI

9/7: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

9/8: Twisted Mule Saloon – Elk City, OK

9/9: Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX

9/10: Beyond the Pines Musicfest at Town Green Park – Spring, TX

9/17: Hardtails Bar & Grill – Georgetown, TX

9/23: Medicine Stone at Diamondhead Resort – Tahlequah, OK

9/24: Hutchinson Oil Patch Extravaganza at Crutch Ranch – Borger, TX

10/14: Hank’s Texas Grill – Mckinney, TX

10/21: City Winery – Atlanta, GA

10/22: Don Gibson Theater – Shelby, NC

10/23: The Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA

10/24: World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE

10/25: CIty Winery – New York, NY

10/26: Bull Run – Shirley, MA

10/27: F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA

10/28: The Hamilton – Washington, DC

10/29: Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

11/4: Madison Theater – Covington, KY

11/5: City Winery – Nashville, TN

 

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Grushecky Gives Listeners More To Enjoy On His New Album

Courtesy:  Schoolhouse Records

Courtesy: Schoolhouse Records

Pittsburgh, PA native and veteran rocker Joe Grushecky has been making music for nearly thirty-five years.  He spent the better part of his career with other musicians.  But in 2002, he struck out on his own for the first time with his solo debut, Fingerprints.  Three albums later, this former special education teacher turned rocker has shown that it’s still possible to teach an old dog new tricks in his new album, Somewhere East of Eden.

Somewhere East Of Eden is a classic southern rock style record from start to finish.  It mixes solid guitar licks with equally solid lyrics that will both entertain and move listeners to make a record that listeners of all ages will enjoy for one reason or another.  The album opens with what can best be compared to works from the likes of Reckless Kelly in ‘I Can Hear The Devil Knocking.’  This song was a good choice to open the album because it’s a direct contrast to so many other songs that walk the fence of Southern rock and country music.  The song’s lyrical content couldn’t be more well-timed.  Grushecky sings in the song’s chorus, “The rich get rich/And the poor stay poor/I can hear the devil knocking/At my door/Somebody tell me who I’m working for/I can hear the devil knocking/At my door.”  This is just a glimpse into the song’s lyrical side.  But as one can tell, Grushecky doesn’t need to pull punches and write loads of metaphors.  He goes on to sing about families struggling financially while the corporate fat cats keep padding their pockets with Americans’ hard-earned money.  This is so timely.  Making the song even more interesting is the fact that it would have been so easy for Grushecky to simply take the more traveled road and make a standard, slower Country Western style song.   But he didn’t do that.  The song’s energy makes it more of a protest song of sorts.  It’s one of those songs that will easily have audiences singing along and pumping their fists in the air, especially at Grushecky’s live events.

‘I Can Hear The Devil Knocking’ is just the starting point of the great material that Grushecky offers his listeners on his new solo record.  His a cappella cover of ‘John the Revelator’ is one of the most original takes on the spiritual that this critic has ever heard.  And it is one of the most original takes that any listener in general will ever hear, too.  The only instrumentation included in the song is a bass drum beat set against Grushecky and a group of backing vocalists clapping and singing.  Grushecky has more than made the song his own.  Any listener that picks up Somewhere East of Eden and hears the song for themselves will agree that the music industry needs more of this kind of originality, not artists just covering others’ songs verbatim.  It becomes even one more of so many high points from this record.  Speaking of other high points, listeners will enjoy the straight forward rocker, ‘I Was Born to Rock’ just as much as the already noted songs.

‘I Was Born To Rock’ is another of Somewhere East of Eden’s driving rock songs.  The song is a pure rock anthem in every sense of the term.  Grushecky sings in this song, “Tried trading my guitar for a nine to five/But it left me feeling more dead than alive/I was up every morning at the break of day/Work, work, workin’ my life away/Dressed up in a tie and monkey suit/I couldn’t wait for Friday night to cut it loose/Daddy, daddy, I was born to rock!”  Joe has put perfectly into words the dreams of so many 9 to 5’ers with this song.  Sure, not everybody has ever had dreams of living the rock star life instead of the work-a-day rut.  But most people would admit when asked that Joe’s words do in fact illustrate their deeply hidden wishes.  And that admission set against the song’s driving tempo is certain to have audiences singing along and clapping whether in their home, their car, or at one of Joe’s live shows.

Staying on the topic of live shows, Joe Grushecky will perform live this Saturday, November 16th at Silk’s in Washington, Pennsylvania.  That show is followed by a hometown show at Light Up Night next Friday, November 22nd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  More dates follow these two shows.  Audiences and fans can check out Joe Grushecky’s most current tour dates, news, and more on his official website, http://www.joegrushecky.ca, on his official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JoeGrushecky, and via his official Twitter page, http://twitter.com/JoeGrushecky.  Fans can also order his new album or download it on his official website at http://www.joegrushecky.ca/store/catalogue/index/1/1/.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.