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Reckless Kelly & Nikki Lane

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Jan 24, 2019 – 8:00 PM

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Reckless Kelly: It's more than a little instructive to take a look at the faces of the crowd that showed up to watch Reckless Kelly record their first full-on concert album and DVD at La Zona Rosa in their hometown of Austin, Texas...The Lone Star audience is a crossover sampling of head-bang rockers, boot-scooting cowboys (and cowboy wannabes), cooler-than-thou college kids and lifelong club-hoppers in Austin's world-famous live music scene. And, oh, yeah, pretty girls. Lots of pretty girls. It was, in other words, a perfect audience for a band that has made a lucrative and long-lasting career out of mixing rock, country, folk and Americana into a potent, high-octane package which can only be properly experienced live and onstage. And that, precisely, is the guiding principle behind Reckless Kelly's new CD/DVD release on Sugar Hill, Reckless Kelly Was Here. The idea was not only to chronicle the band's incendiary live show, but also to summarize and celebrate the band's first decade of music making. Recorded on March 31, 2006 in Austin, the DVD was directed by award-winning video director Peter Zavadil (an Austin resident who worked with the band on a previous music video, Stick Around, as well as numerous hit videos for others) and mixed by the Grammy award-winning Elliot Scheiner, who started under the tutelage of Phil Ramone and went on to work with Sting, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and many others. The two-CD concert set expands on the DVD set list by including Reckless' careening, jam-band take on the Beatles' "Revolution," as well as bonus studio versions of a couple of brand-new RK songs, the plaintive "Break My Heart Tonight" and the tongue-in-cheek rocker "Wiggles and Rit." Ten years together is a milestone for any band, let alone one that tours and plays with the burn-down-the-house intensity of Reckless Kelly, a fact not lost on the band. "Oh, yeah!" says Cody Braun with a mock groan. "Some days it feels like 20 years, some days it feels like two. Looking back at everything we've crammed into the last ten years has been amazing." With lead singer and songwriter Willy Braun and brother Cody Braun, who swaps between fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and vocals, Reckless Kelly is rounded out with lead guitarist David Abeyta, bassist Jimmy McFeeley and drummer Jay Nazz. "I feel like this (project) really puts the period at the end of ten years," said David Abeyta. "This will let us retain a lot of the stuff that people love about Reckless Kelly, but will also enable us to move on. "We've produced quite a few records, but never anything of this scope. It was a big bear to wrestle, and at times it was a little overwhelming-we won't do another one for another ten years! But I learned so much and I got to work with some great people I'd always wanted to work with. We put our wish list together and we kind of got it." Reckless Kelly Was Here is a kaleidoscopic blend of rock and country that melds crowd-pleasing RK originals like "Motel Cowboy Show," "I Still Do" and "Nobodys Girl" with a piquant mix of covers that includes songs by Richard Thompson ("1952 Vincent Black Lightning"), the Texas Tornados ("Guacamole"), the Beatles ("Revolution") and Alejandro Escovedo ("Castanets"). From the sledgehammer opening of "Sixgun" to the tipsy Celtic reel of "Seven Nights in Erie" to the lonesome vocal of "Baby's Gone Blues," it's clear that the evening captured a performance that captured the band at the top of their game. Watching their performance on film for the first time was a revelation to Cody Braun in that he could see where the Braun siblings early influences colluded with what they discovered musically in Austin with their new bandmates. "We started out as a country band trying to be a little edgier with the rock 'n' roll stuff, like Son Volt and Billy Joe Shaver's Unshaven album. That was the direction we wanted to go, and we did, and we've almost gotten beyond that point now, where we have to rein it in to keep some of the country in there. "It's been fun, because I grew up playing a lot of country and western music, Bob Wills and Gene Autry, a bunch of the old, old Western stuff. So when we started this band, I started listening to rock 'n' roll for the first time. My last ten years has been being introduced to the rock 'n' roll side. "Musically right now, we're sitting at a place where we really want to try to build on the songs and set the bar a little bit higher with every record." David Abeyta adds, "On this live record there's songs like 'Hey Say May' and things that people associate with the fun, party side of the band, but you've also got songs like 'Break My Heart Tonight' that are a little darker, with a more somber theme. That sort of sums up Reckless Kelly in a way, from the material standpoint-from 'Break My Heart Tonight' to 'Wiggles and Rit,' which is party/eff-you-if-you-don't-get-it side of Reckless Kelly. "I think what draws people in is that there's more to discover as you go. That's what I felt before I joined the band. I was with the band six and a half years, and I was a fan before I got involved." *** Reckless Kelly is the 21st century culmination of a family tradition of music. Willy and Cody Braun grew up touring and playing with their father's band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, all across the Big Sky country of Montana and Idaho. They opened for the likes of Merle Haggard, played the Grand Ole Opry and even appeared twice on The Tonight Show in the Johnny Carson Era. Family friends like singer-songwriter Chris Wall (who would later introduce the boys around Austin release their first record "Millican") and Pinto Bennett (whose band, The Famous Motel Cowboys, would prove a huge influence) watched Willy and Cody learn about life from a rolling motor home as their love for music and performing blossomed. Forming their own band, the Prairie Mutts, the boys wound up in Bend, Oregon in 1996, in the fading twilight of the grunge era. Their effervescent take on rock and country made them a poor fit for the local scene. Austin, where they arrived in 1996 (now billing themselves as Reckless Kelly) proved far more compatible. From playing Monday night pass-the-hat acoustic gigs on the downtown Sixth St. entertainment strip to being named Best Roots-Rock Band six years running in the prestigious Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll, the band grew to be one of the most popular attractions in a city bristling with top-shelf bands and musicians. Joe Ely, who should know, lauded Reckless Kelly as "...my kind of band: Hell-raising, hard-playing, kick-a songwriting, feet firmly in the present, but with an amazing knowledge of where it has all come from. What else is there?" Reckless Kelly Was Here is the band's sixth album, following on the heels of Millican (1997), Acoustic: Live At Stubb's and The Day (2000), Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003) and Wicked Twisted Road (2005). In that time, the band has opened shows for Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Robert Earl Keen and a host of others. They have also headlined at showcase venues across the country and recorded with Steve Earle and Joe Ely for critically acclaimed tribute records. "It's kind of bizarre to be where we're at right now and look around and say, gosh, this is everything we ever wanted to do!" marvels Cody Braun. "Is this for real?" It's a long way from the very first Reckless Kelly show which, as Willy recalls, took place at a county fair in Yreka, CA a decade ago. "The Prairie Mutts had broken up, but we still had these gigs on the books and our manager at the time said, well, if you wanna play 'em you can play 'em," Willy said. "So our first gig as Reckless Kelly was either at the Yreka County Fair or a tiny, tiny bar in Millican, Oregon for about two people. At the fair, we played on a stage outside the rodeo grounds, and we had a bunch of hippie kids down front and then a busload of kids from Georgia showed up. So they were over there doing their thing, stage-diving and moshing, and the hippie kids were doing the hippie shuffle. And then the rodeo let out and we had cowboys swing dancing and line dancing on either side of the hippies and the moshing Georgia kids! It was bizarre, wild...but we were on our way to Texas, and we thought, this is gonna be all right!" Ten years later, it still is.

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  • With a partial government shutdown extending into a fifth week, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered a deal to Democrats on immigration, setting out a plan which provides $5.7 billion for border security measures which he wants – with some of that money going to build a border wall – in exchange for temporary protection for two different classes of immigrants in the United States, an exchange which was quickly labeled a non-starter by top Democrats in Congress. “I am here today to break the logjam,” Mr. Trump said in his speech, as he said his new plan would be voted on next week in the U.S. Senate. “This is a common sense compromise both parties should embrace,” the President added in his remarks from the White House. “Everyone has made their point — now it’s time to make a law,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I intend to move to this legislation this week.” 'As a candidate for President I promised I would fix this crisis, and I intend to keep that promise one way or the other,' President Trump says in a national address on border security https://t.co/PkxaI92qXK pic.twitter.com/uK4n43tybw — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 19, 2019 The plan offered by the President has two main compromise items, one is a bipartisan legislative effort known as the “BRIDGE ACT” – would only be a temporary solution for those known as “Dreamers” – offering them a three-year protected status in the United States, but not resolving any question about a longer-term pathway to U.S. citizenship. The President is also offering to extend protections for certain immigrants and refugees who have come to the U.S. under a “Temporary Protected Status” or TPS, and have remained in the United States longer than originally envisioned. That’s a change from last year, when the Trump Administration moved to send back thousands of people to their home countries – Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, and Sudan – ending an extended temporary protection for those who had come to the United States – but a federal court put that move by the President on hold in October. It was the first major offer made by the President since this impasse began before Christmas, as Mr. Trump had previously waved off efforts by some GOP lawmakers to add provisions dealing with DACA and other programs which helped illegal immigrants in the United States. But his Saturday speech did little to sway Democratic leaders in Congress. “It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as she and other Democrats said the immigration offers were temporary, while the wall was permanent. “Unfortunately, the president doesn’t understand that an honest negotiation can’t take place while he’s holding the government hostage,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). Democrats were hopeful that @realDonaldTrump was finally willing to re-open government & proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border. Unfortunately, reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of previously rejected initiatives. https://t.co/MFwebWSevG pic.twitter.com/yMTm4iP27h — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 19, 2019 “You don’t negotiate a compromise with your own Vice President and your son in law,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), as Democrats noted there have been no direct talks in almost two weeks. “That’s not how this works.” “No genuine path to citizenship for dreamers, more intransigent insistence on an ineffective, impractical wall—nothing new from Trump today,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Republicans said the Democrats should accept the President’s offer, as both sides pointed the shutdown finger of blame at each other on the 29th day of the border security impasse, which began back before Christmas, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. “The President has made a very reasonable offer to extend DACA and TPS protections in exchange for the border security measures he supports,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Democrats have yet to make a single legitimate counteroffer throughout the last month the government has been shut down,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). “This is an important step in the right direction to restart negotiations,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has broken repeatedly with GOP leaders and the White House to vote for Democratic plans to re-open the government. Mr. Trump’s plan also includes: + $800 million in humanitarian aid to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants + $805 million for drug detection efforts at major ports of entry + 2,750 new border agents and other law enforcement personnel + 75 new legal teams of immigration judges #Shutdown can only end through mutual concessions that lead to an agreement. It appears @POTUS will offer concessions this afternoon. I hope Democrats won’t just automatically reject his offer. Demanding his unconditional surrender is not a reasonable position. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 19, 2019 But the plan also ran into opposition from some voices on the conservative right as well. 100 miles of border wall in exchange for amnestying millions of illegals. So if we grant citizenship to a BILLION foreigners, maybe we can finally get a full border wall. — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 19, 2019
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  • After yet another day which featured no hints of progress in ending a funding fight that has to a partial government shutdown taking paychecks away from over 800,000 federal workers, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he would make a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday about his push to get money to build a wall along the Mexican border, which has led to an ongoing standoff with Democrats in Congress. “I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown,” the President wrote on Twitter, giving no details about what he might announce. With no indications that Democrats in Congress are ready to give in on their opposition to a border wall, some Republicans have continued to urge the President to declare a ‘national emergency’ under existing laws, and move money around in the military’s budget to build a wall. I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019 “He ought to go ahead and declare an emergency, and it would be over,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). “I don’t know why he is reluctant to do that.” Inhofe – who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee – said Thursday that he would not oppose the President dipping into military construction funds to build the wall, though other Republicans have publicly opposed the idea. Democrats on Friday also pressed the Department of Homeland Security on another front – using eminent domain to take land away from landowners, in order to build the way – focusing on a case involving the Catholic Church in Texas, which owns land that the Trump Administration wants. “The federal government must exercise extreme caution when seizing private property,” wrote Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer to the Homeland Security Secretary. To @SecNielsen: The Trump Administration’s lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, raises important questions on the exercise of eminent domain to build a border wall. We ask you to respond to these questions by January 31: pic.twitter.com/MXcfoQib9E — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 18, 2019 The President has asked for $5.7 billion in border security money for both fencing and a wall; Democrats in Congress have offered $1.6 billion – the original requests of the Trump Administration and Republicans – but Democrats want none of that to go to the wall.
  • After yet another day which featured no hints of progress in ending a funding fight that has to a partial government shutdown taking paychecks away from over 800,000 federal workers, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he would make a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday about his push to get money to build a wall along the Mexican border, which has led to an ongoing standoff with Democrats in Congress. “I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown,” the President wrote on Twitter, giving no details about what he might announce. With no indications that Democrats in Congress are ready to give in on their opposition to a border wall, some Republicans have continued to urge the President to declare a ‘national emergency’ under existing laws, and move money around in the military’s budget to build a wall. I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019 “He ought to go ahead and declare an emergency, and it would be over,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). “I don’t know why he is reluctant to do that.” Inhofe – who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee – said Thursday that he would not oppose the President dipping into military construction funds to build the wall, though other Republicans have publicly opposed the idea. Democrats on Friday also pressed the Department of Homeland Security on another front – using eminent domain to take land away from landowners, in order to build the way – focusing on a case involving the Catholic Church in Texas, which owns land that the Trump Administration wants. “The federal government must exercise extreme caution when seizing private property,” wrote Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer to the Homeland Security Secretary. To @SecNielsen: The Trump Administration’s lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, raises important questions on the exercise of eminent domain to build a border wall. We ask you to respond to these questions by January 31: pic.twitter.com/MXcfoQib9E — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 18, 2019 The President has asked for $5.7 billion in border security money for both fencing and a wall; Democrats in Congress have offered $1.6 billion – the original requests of the Trump Administration and Republicans – but Democrats want none of that to go to the wall.

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