Reckless Kelly is an Austin, Texas based Americana/Texas Country band.
The band was formed in Bend, Oregon, but later moved to Austin in January 1997. Their name was inspired by Australian bank robber Ned Kelly. Started by brothers Willy (vocals/guitar) and Cody Braun (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/harmonica), the band played locally on historic Sixth Street in Austin. They turned a small bar & restaurant called Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar, into a noted music venue where they packed the place out with their infamous Monday night show. Reckless Kelly’s debut album, Millican, appeared in the fall of 1997, and was officially released in 1998; Acoustic: Live at Stubb’s and The Day both followed two years later. Under the Table and Above the Sun from 2003 began the band’s relationship with the high-profile Sugar Hill label and won the hearts of the music press and honky tonkin’ legend Joe Ely, who sang the band’s praises in interviews. Wicked Twisted Road was then released in 2005 and the next year, the live album Reckless Kelly Was Here captured the band’s stage presence. The group encompasses a sound of “straight-up honky tonk” and the band regularly returns to Austin to play before capacity crowds at venues like Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre.