- Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., Lawrence
- Cost: $13 - $15
- Age limit: All ages
When Reckless Kelly released its 2006 triple-disc CD/DVD package with the title, Reckless Kelly Was Here, the question almost begged to be asked: Where hasn’t Reckless Kelly been? In 11 years together, the Austin, Texas-based Americana band has figuratively left its mark everywhere from college bars to dancehalls to festival stages throughout the South and West, and now the quintet is carving a swath across the rest of the lower 48 — and then some. Reckless Kelly’s bid for expanded recognition even includes national anthem gigs like the one it will do October 21 in Reliant Stadium for the Houston Texans-Tennessee Titans game, and the band just debuted its new tribute to our national pastime, “April to October,” at a park outside of Austin that houses the area’s minor-league team. Baseball-fan brothers Willy and Cody Braun, Reckless Kelly’s nucleus, dream of hitting the high notes from center field at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, respectively, but competing allegiances aside, they’ve known since they were kids performing with brothers Gary and Micky in their dad’s Western swing band, Muzzie Braun & the Boys, that they’d be playing out their lives onstage. The only question is whether Reckless Kelly should be introduced as a country rock band or a rockin’ country band. Not that it matters. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Willy, fidder/mandolinist/harp blower/vocalist Cody and their fellow players — Berklee-grad lead guitarist David Abeyta, bassist Jimmy McFeeley and drummer Jay Nazz (another family-band vet) — don’t care what you call it. They’re just happy to be making music — and they’ll do it their way regardless of anyone’s preconceived notions. In Austin, Reckless Kelly is considered a trendsetter; it was one of the first roots-rock bands to generate a huge following, and in the process, it influenced many other bands that picked up on that sound.