- Contemporary Country
Grammy-winning country vibe with a solid rock edge
The heartland gave Reckless Kelly authenticity. Musical lives honed their skills. Adversity instilled their persistence, and moving to Austin gave the Grammy winners wings to fly. As kids, the Brauns – Cody, Willy, Micky and Gary – shared a stage with Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. Micky and Gary now helm their own band, Micky and the Motorcars (who performed at the Levitt last summer). Cody and Willy, with drummer, Jay Nazz, created Reckless Kelly. The band took its name from the legend of Ned Kelly, the Australian highwayman, and the three moved to Austin in 1996. Early on, Robert Earl Keen*, a Texas singer/songwriter legend himself, took them under his wing and became their first manager. They listened, watched and interacted with the creative dynamos of the outlaw country scene – Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark and others – and joined them in a redefinition of what contemporary country music had become. Theirs was gritty, hard-edged, uncompromising and convincing. Their 1998 self-released debut branded Reckless Kelly with a reputation as a band of no-nonsense insurgents that could raise the rafters while still retaining a heart and soul of honesty, soul and conviction. Reckless Kelly’s string of critically acclaimed albums, Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003), Wicked Twisted Road (2005), Bulletproof (2008), Somewhere in Time (2010), Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love (2011) and Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (2013), set a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana. The group’s new album, Sunset Motel, reflects Reckless Kelly’s attention to craft and continuity.
*Robert Earl Keen performs at the Levitt in a paid-ticket concert June 23.
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There is limited seating available for this concert. To attend, you can reserve one space by clicking here. You may two to eight people in your space (the people in your square should be family members). You must show proof of your reservation with your printed ticket or your ticket on your phone at the gates to enter the lawn. Everyone in your square must also have proof of your reservation to be admitted. Seating is in socially distanced squares marked on the lawn. Squares are first-come, first-served. You can reserve one square only. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Opening artists begin at 7 p.m., followed by the headliners at 8 p.m. You must wear a mask to enter the lawn. Once you are in your square, you can remove your mask to eat and drink. You must wear a mask any time you leave your square. Once the concert is over, please leave the lawn as quickly as possible. While at the Levitt, please stay a socially distanced 6 feet away from Levitt crew, staff, artists and volunteers. Please bring your own food, beverages, chairs and blankets. No glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.
For your health and safety
The Levitt has taken required health and safety precautions to help make your visit to the lawn as safe as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Antibacterial stations are located by the restrooms and throughout the concert area. A cleaning crew will sanitize the bathrooms before, during and after concerts. Please do not attend concerts if you are not feeling well, have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or have been exposed to the virus. Thank you for following safety protocols of social distancing and wearing a mask. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is up to all of us.